At Rehearsal 5 for 12, our cast spent rehearsal time getting inspired by Greta Thunberg’s “We can still turn this around” (Berlin, Sept 24) to ensure our show has hope despite the fear. Greta’s voice, along with other youth activists such as Boyan Slat and Autumn Peltier, are part of 12.

Tens of thousands of environmental activists staged a rally outside Germany’s parliament at the end of September, just two days before the country held a national election, to demand that politicians take stronger action to curb climate change.

Thunberg, 18, addressed the Berlin rally from a stage, telling the crowd that voting is important but must be coupled with protests that put politicians under constant pressure.

The cast, made up of youth ages 13 – 17, felt hopeful after listening to Greta Thunberg. How do you feel?

[Video Description (on YouTube): Youth Activist Greta Thunberg speaks to a crowd of thousands about the current climate science, the need for action from governments such as Germany, and she encourages everyone that “we can still this around.” She delivers her speech in Berlin while standing at a mic in front of a large grey brick building. She wears a white top and has long blond hair]

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