Important Moments in the History of Climate Action: In Photos

Photo by: Kirsty O'Connor/PA/AP

Climate activism — often driven by young people — has played a huge role in informing the world about the risks of the climate crisis. As school strikers take their campaign online during global COVID-19 lockdowns, we look back on what came before and what led us to this point in the climate movement. Climate change is a direct threat to progress already made on achieving the UN's Global Goals to end extreme poverty by 2030, and immediate and urgent action is needed. Join the movement by taking action here to help protect the environment and end extreme poverty.


Young climate activists involved in the #FridaysForFuture movement have been determined not to allow the worldwide coronavirus lockdowns curb their momentum.

The weekly school strikes sparked by Greta Thunberg to inspire action on the climate crisis have moved online — thousands have been involved in virtual events, and in raising awareness about climate change on social media using the #climatestrikeonline hashtag.


But climate activism didn't suddenly appear — although recent years have seen a huge breakthrough in capturing the attention of the world, the digital effort during the pandemic is just the latest innovation in a movement that has evolved over decades.

From the first utterance of the term "global warming" to environmental activism spilling out onto streets around the world, we've flicked through the history books to learn a bit more about the climate movement's past. Here's a brief look at some of the key moments that have brought us to where we are today.

View 12 Important Moments in the History of Climate Action HERE, a photostory by Olivia Kestin, Helen Lock and Pia Gralki

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