Watch live: Swedish activist Greta Thunberg kicks off Fridays for Future conference

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is to kick off the climate Smile for Future conference on Monday.

You can watch live in the video player above from 12.30 CEST.

During the five-day event held in Lausanne, Switzerland, 450 activists from 37 European countries will take part in plenaries and discussions related to climate change, culminating in a “Fridays For Future” strike — also known as “school strike for climate”.

The Fridays For Future movement announced that it was launching a European Citizen Initiative (ECI) which will require a million signatures to be considered by the European Commission.

The ECI calls on the EU member states to pledge to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2035. It also demands the bloc does not sign any free trade treaty with countries that do not respect the 1.5°C Paris Agreement goal and that it makes educational material on the effects of climate change available to schools.

Thunberg, 16, kickstarted the school strike movement, which will celebrate its first anniversary later this month, to protest against the Swedish government’s climate commitments, which she deemed too low. Since then, strikes have been held over six continents.

In mid-August, she is to sail across the Atlantic onboard the Malizia II racing boat in a two-week trip to join the Americas. During her nine-month stay on the American continent, she will attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September and the COP25 event in Santiago, Chile, in December.

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