School Strikes, Environmental Ethical Values, and Democracy

  • Ole Andreas Kvamme Universitet i Oslo


The aim of this paper is to contribute to an understanding of the school strikes for climate, initiated in August 2018 by the Swedish student Greta Thunberg, soon to become a global social movement involving hundreds of thousands of students. I examine 10 speeches of Thunberg as recontextualizations of environmental ethical values that have been formulated within the context of United Nations. With this approach, guided by an ethical and educational interest grounded in moral education, and informed by conceptions of Seyla Benhabib, this paper demonstrates how students become democratic citizens appropriating the concern for future generations as a cosmopolitan claim in a resistance to exclusions from current politics.

Kvamme, O. (2019). School Strikes, Environmental Ethical Values, and Democracy. Studier I Pædagogisk Filosofi, 8(1), 6-27.