WORLD—Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is a stunning inspiration to us all. From the moment she bravely took the stage at the U.N. Climate Action Summit to angrily scold everyone for living such extravagant lifestyles, to her stunning and brave photo shoots in her luxurious home and yacht, the world has seen her as a bright, shining symbol of our inevitable doom.
As she approaches her 18th month on strike from school, many teenagers across the globe are following her lead, regardless of whether they were going to drop out, anyway.
“Yeah, uh, climate change or whatever it’s called is super important to me,” says James Davidson, 17, “so that’s definitely why I stopped going to school two years ago. For sure.”
Davidson’s mom, Emily, had some initial concerns. “To be honest, when James dropped out of school to spend his time vaping and playing video games, I was worried. But now that I know it’s because he cares so passionately about the environment… well, I just couldn’t be more proud!”
By 2025, 50% of the world’s high schoolers are expected to join in abstaining from any formal education, including science classes, in the name of science.