The Top 11 Most Retweeted Users from the School Strike For Climate

From where I sit in Eastern United States of America, the typical school day is either ending soon or has already ended. World-wide, many students didn’t spend much time in class today though.

3/15 marks the date for the School Strike for Climate (although some students are already on Spring Break), and while we do not have exact numbers on participation (although people are being encouraged to report into the #FridaysForFuture website), it is a remarkable world-wide engagement. Students the world over are skipping school, and according to this website, here are their demands:

  1. ) A fast + just transition to 100% renewable energy for all
  2. No new fossil fuel projects anywhere.
  3. Not a penny more for dirty energy

This youth School Strike is on our digital radar, though, because I am a part of a non-profit program which is committed to mapping out debates on social and political issues. Essentially facilitating society-wide debates and negotiations between conflicting political and social ideologies. Instead of relying on individuals to talk it out (whether behind closed-doors politically or across the dinner table), we collect data from various groups en masse and map out what those communications look like as if it was informed by everyone’s contribution.

Where protests can show sheer numbers, our work shows nuance.

While protests signs offer pithy quips, those signs lack depth and dialogue — and as a society we do need more dialogue. Protests are a form of influential mass communication that can successfully make a statement. Our work is about making mass communication account for every statement (and yes, every sign). Instead of having the same arguments over and over about climate change (or any number of the subjects we cover), it’s about having a centralized format through which society can deliberate.

So our work relies on, amid many data collection strategies online and off, a lot of listening to the chatter of comment sections online so we can dutifully collect and account for those sentiments in our mass debates. Today is interesting since it is a youth movement (and we’re interested to see differences in the chatter), but the work is no different.

Although it’s too early to share our analysis on the climate change debate (which you can subscribe to stay tuned to), we do want to share some top takeaways. So, we monitored Twitter activity today concerning the Climate Strike since 9:35am EST and here is some of what we found.

Note: All data we’re sharing is showing results as they are now (numbers will change over the course of the day)

For a quick insight, here are two word clouds we generated from the information we collected.

As you can see #ClimateStrike is the most used hashtag at this time, therefore, we’re going to cover the Top 11 Retweeted users who are using it.

Coming in first as the most retweeted user in the #ClimateStrike coverage is Greta Thunberg. She is a young climate change activist who has been tweeting all day (pictured below is just one of her tweets) and some would say she’s leading the climate change charge in this youth movement. Second (so far) is Mike Hudema, who has also been tweeting all day, but whose accumulated retweets have tallied up to be over 5,000 times.

Next up is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with what appears to be a single #ClimateStrike tweet. Then is Bill McKibben, linking to a The New York Times article.

Next we have Meteorologist Eric Holthaus chiming in, as well as several videos and pictures tweeted by Jeremy Corbyn in support of the youth movement.

Then Angela Fay, a self described “Humanitarian Hermit” and climate activist has the next most retweets, followed by the long established organization Greenpeace.

Next up is NowThis, and then reporter Brian L Kahn tweeting pictures from climate gatherings from all over the world.

And our 11th most retweeted user was 350.org, but the number they cared about was *either* 10k or 100k more than their retweet ranking (there’s either a typo here somewhere, or we’re not reading this right…).

We’ll just wait for the final estimation (whether in the hundreds of thousands or millions — we’ve seen both estimations mentioned, but no definitive source), once the kids are home for the weekend.

If you would like to stay tuned with our work, follow @SocietyLibrary, @DebateAmerican, @TheInternetGov , and the @CanonicalDebate on Twitter.

Edit: note about some students already being on Spring Break.

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