“As long as politicians refuse to do what is expected of them, and this is a solution to serious problems such as the climate crisis, we refuse to do what is expected of us, and that is going to school,” says one of the spokesmen of Czech Fridays for Future at the beginning of When I grow up, I want to be alive. In portraits of several active students, the film shows their motivation to participate in the international high school movement, which was kicked off by the civic engagement of a young Swedish girl Greta Thunberg. The fundamental problems of our future existence are slowly going through the pages of the major Czech media, despite the very strong influence of climate-skepticism. Turner’s film offers insights into the day-to-day work of the organizers in holding the strikes and shows how the collective thinking of the goals and requirements of the student climate movement looks like.
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