Greta Thunberg is a remarkable 16-year-old Nobel Prize nominee. Her message is a compelling one. We either change what we are doing that escalates climate change or we die. She’s speaking out for her life and our lives.

She credits her Asperger’s syndrome and her depression, following her study about climate change, as the impetus she needed to make a difference in the world. Both Asperger’s and her depression led to the same choice. Either we do nothing and die or we take action and live.

Last September every Friday she began her School Strike for Climate. People started to notice, listened to her message, and joined her strike. They followed and shared her story on Twitter. As people listened her audience grew beyond her school. She has spoken with the Pope, who gave her encouragement to continue her mission. In January she asked the world’s leaders at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland if they could hear her and why are they not taking aggressive action to reduce climate change.

Greta’s weekly strikes continue and this year on March 15, 1.6 million people from 133 countries joined her in striking and asking their governments, “Can you hear me?” A climate crisis is looming and the world needs to reduce its carbon emissions. Our children are speaking out. This is about their survival, their quality of life.

Greta has called for a worldwide Strike for Climate on Friday, May 24. We hear you, Greta!

Central Nebraska Peace Workers is sponsoring Greta’s movement in Hastings from 4 to 6 p.m. at Highland Park and in Grand Island from 5 to 6 p.m. at Pioneers Park. We hope you and your families will stand up, speak out to our legislators, and be counted as wanting a more livable world for our children.

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