Greta Thunberg, 15, from Sweden visited a climate protest in Helsinki on October 20, 2018. Thunberg is famous for her example of skipping school and sitting on the steps of the Swedish parliament building while demanding more action to stop global warming. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

HELSINKI – Hundreds of upper secondary schoolers call for action. Climate action.

They are standing at the steps of the Parliament Building on Friday afternoon, shouting slogans such as “Fewer words, more action!”

“Our school actually counts this as school work,” says Ben Broncrona, 17, from Tölö Gymnasium and continues, “We are lucky; some other schools don’t do that.”

Nevertheless, what is one day off school when one has the potential to save the planet? Or at the very least spread the word.

“We need action today,” says Olivia Ingman, 16, and adds that she came from Kauniainen, a wealthy neighborhood between Helsinki and Espoo. “My friends are arranging this protest, so I had to join. After all, this is a question of our future and environment!”

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