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Climate Change

Youth climate activists spread Greta Thunberg's message in Asia

Philippine and South Korean governments pressed to act as elections loom

Climate activists protest in Manila in 2020: Environment-conscious Asian young people are increasingly speaking out.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Youth climate movements inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg are sprouting across Asia, pressuring governments and companies to do more to cut greenhouse emissions and address related social inequality.

Growing up in the Philippines, 23-year old Mitzi Jonelle Tan says she experienced so many typhoons and floods that she feared she would drown in her bedroom one day. As she learned more about climate change, she realized her fears were "rooted in climate anxiety and the inaction of world leaders everywhere."

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