Mary Ellis Stevens, American Hero

Mary Ellis Steven is excited about meeting Greta Thunberg this Friday, at her climate strike in Charlotte, North Carolina.

So excited to have the one and only @GretaThunberg join my strike this Friday!
See you there, Charlotte!
— Mary Ellis Stevens (@_Mary_Ellis) November 7, 2019

Mary, you are Greta Thunberg.

The local newspaper reports the story:

A visit to Charlotte on Friday by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg will focus new attention on climate change. But for months, a local student has also clamored for action in lonely vigils outside the city’s halls of power.

Each Friday since February, Myers Park High School ninth-grader Mary Ellis Stevens, 14, sometimes joined by a few friends, has held “climate strikes” outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

The strikes began in a freezing rain in February. People she tries to engage often walk past her array of home-made signs while pointedly avoiding eye contact. Sometimes, Mary Ellis said Thursday, “it’s discouraging and lonely.”

She found inspiration in pictures of Thunberg skipping school to sit outside Sweden’s Parliament. “So this is like coming full circle,” she said of Thunberg’s visit.

There is a power that even the Gods must reckon with, and Mary, that power is you.

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