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16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - HP1EF9N1AIFX9

CHARLOTTE – Environmental activist Greta Thunberg will be in Charlotte Friday for a youth-led climate strike.

Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden, has received attention worldwide for pushing for a global youth movement against climate change.

On Friday, she will stand with Charlotte 14-year-old Mary Ellis Stevens, a frequent protester of climate change.

Stevens, a freshman at Myers Park High School, says she was inspired by Thunberg’s climate strikes.

Charlotte media outlets say Stevens skips class on Fridays to raise awareness, sitting with signs and educating others at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

While most weeks, Stevens is alone, but on Friday, she will be with other youth activists.

WBTV reports that Stevens skipped school on Thursday, with the permission of her assistant principal, to spend the day securing permits, a stage and audio equipment, while other activists and her parents helped her.

The gathering will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

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