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  Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have found evidence showing the effect that student climate strikes, led by activist Greta Thunberg, have had a marked impact on everyday habits on many Swiss people. Nearly one third, or roughly 30 percent, of the Swiss population changed their habits as a result of the strikes. These people adopted more climate friendly habits. The majority of changes were made in three areas. These areas were transportation, buying habits, and recycling

Greta Thunberg began the Fridays for Future climate strikes over five years ago. Thunberg began missing school to strike in demand that action be taken to curb Climate change. Since it was begun in 2019 the movement has gone global. Students in 150 countries have organized and participated in strikes protesting Climate change and demanding action. Over 4 million students have participated in these strikes. 

  The study surveyed 1,200 people, asking them questions about their habits and the effects of these student-led strikes. had on them. Those surveyed ranged in age from 18 to 74. None of those surveyed had participated in the strikes.

  The answers to the surveys revealed that the majority of people had positive feelings about the strikes. Additionally, 30 percent reported making more environmentally friendly choices as a result. Some of these changes included reducing the amount of driving and flying done, eating more plant-based foods, reducing plastic waste, and changing recycling habits. 

  The results of this study prove that climate action, such as strikes, can make a significant impact. The direct impact that collective actions can have on society merits ongoing participation in such events. Stikes and other forms of protest can raise awareness around important issues. Additionally, this research shows that they can translate into direct actions that have significant impacts when paired with symbiotic political policies and actions. 

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