In August 2018, 15 year old Greta Thunberg initiated a school strike outside the Swedish Parliament in defiance of an adult world that has failed to take climate change seriously.
Greta’s strike followed one of the hottest summers on Swedish record when more than 60 forest fires raged for weeks and stirred public debate and growing realization that climate change no longer is a problem of a distant future. Greta’s civil disobedience gave rise to the Fridays for Future movement that now is mobilizing children and youth across the world in the quest for intergenerational climate justice. Through street protests, social media events and political actions at UN climate conferences this global youth movement is giving political voice and energy to a new generation of environmental activists who will grow up in and bear the burdens of a warming world.
The aim of this project is to examine the political ethics and aesthetics of the Fridays for Futures movement. We will analyze 1) the stories told by children and youth about our warming world; and 2) the political and ethical horizons they open up in the quest for intergenerational climate justice.