LONDON: Activist Greta Thunberg has urged climate campaigners to avoid mass protests as the new coronavirus spreads worldwide.
The 17-year-old Swedish activist said her “Fridays for Future” movement which holds weekly strikes against climate change would organise online strikes instead.
Thunberg warned her followers it was vital they listened to the advice of health experts who have advised people to avoid large public gatherings to slow down the spread of the virus which has infected more than 125,000 people worldwide.
“We young people are the least affected by this virus but it’s essential that we act in solidarity with the most vulnerable and that we act in the best interest of our common society,” she said on Twitter Wednesday.
“The climate and ecological crisis is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced but for now (of course depending on where you live) we’ll have to find new ways to create public awareness & advocate for change that don’t involve too big crowds.”
So keep your numbers low but your spirits high and let’s take one week at the time.
You can join the #DigitalStrike for upcoming Fridays- post a photo of you striking with a sign and use the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline !#fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate 4/4
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 11, 2020