Climate activist Greta Thunberg has spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter protests happening around the United States and the world. Thunberg spoke to the BBC about the protests, calling them a “tipping point.”

The Swedish teen told the BBC: “It feels like we have passed some kind of social tipping point where people are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things. We cannot keep sweeping these things under the carpet, these injustices. People are starting to find their voice, to sort of understand that they can actually have an impact.”

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She also likened the coronavirus pandemic to the climate crisis and said the climate needs to be treated with the same urgency as the coronavirus.

“It shows that in a crisis, you act, and you act with necessary force,” she said. “Suddenly people in power are saying they will do whatever it takes since you cannot put a price on human life. The main message that underlines everything we [as climate activists] do is, ‘Listen to the science, listen to the experts’, and all of a sudden you hear everyone everywhere is saying that. It feels like the corona crisis has changed the role of science in our society.”

Thunberg has been working on a radio show while Sweden is still under coronavirus lockdown.

Thunberg told the BBC, “The climate and ecological crisis cannot be solved within today’s political and economic systems. That isn’t an opinion. That’s a fact.”

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Here’s what you can do:

Many organizations like Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, and the NAACP are working to empower black Americans and achieve justice for those impacted by racist systems.

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Also, remember to register to vote if you haven’t already. This is one of the simplest ways to make your voice heard as a citizen.Here are some resources for you:

Places to donate:

Petitions to Sign:

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For a more extensive resource list, please see the collection put together by Black Lives Matter.

If you’re attending a protest, please be safe and careful and maintain social distancing, if possible.

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