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...[this is] not about youth activism. This is not about us... we don't want to be heard. We want the science to be heard."
Instead of submitting a personal statement... she sent Congress a major report on global warming along with eight sentences of her own.
"I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don't want you to listen to me," she said. "I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take action."
In some places, like Victoria in Australia, students and public workers are being actively encouraged to walk out of school and work.
"We want our kids to be engaged in the world around them, so we don't think it's fair to criticise students for holding a peaceful protest about an issue as important as this" [government spokesman to Melbourne-based newspaper].