Greta Thunberg takes climate strike online amid coronavirus fears

Video: @klimastrejke // Twitter

Friday, March 13, 2020

Greta Thunberg has taken her weekly climate change protests off the streets and onto Twitter due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

It comes as countries across Europe ramp up efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, with schools closing and sporting events being cancelled.

The 17-year-old activist has joined in the precautionary measures and has told her followers to avoid large gatherings and instead campaign online.

Protesters around the world have got involved

Hundreds of young demonstrators have today posted photos of themselves using the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline to show they had missed school, rather than hosting demonstrations on the street as usual.

Miss Thunberg tweeted: “In crisis we change our behaviour and adapt to the new circumstances for the greater good of society.”

It is the 82nd week that she has been boycotting lessons on a Friday in a bid to raise awareness of climate change and demand government action.

Meanwhile in the UK, Extinction Rebellion has promised “alternative, creative plans” should different arrangements be required for future demonstrations.

The organisation said: “Mass public gatherings will not be organised by Extinction Rebellion is it is not safe to do so.”

While some other countries – including Italy where the coronavirus death toll has surpassed 1,000 – have discouraged people meeting in large groups, the UK government has not yet recommended avoiding crowds.

France and Ireland are among the countries that have closed schools, while Scotland has banned gatherings of more than 500 people.

Boris Johnson announced yesterday that he would not ban mass gatherings and schools would remain open for now.

However, the Football Association announced this morning that the Premier League will be suspended until April 4.

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