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11 years old, “Colombia’s Greta Thunberg” receives death threats

Amid a wave of violence against environmental activists in Colombia, young climate crusader Francisco Vera has received violent threats

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Francisco Vera

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gained worldwide fame in 2018 when she organized a strike outside the seat of national parliament in Stockholm at age 15, inspiring a worldwide protest movement to fight environmental injustices. Besides riling up prominent climate change deniers such as ex-U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Miss. Thunberg helped to inspire a generation of young voices to speak up against the destruction of the planet. One such follower is Francisco Vera, an 11-year-old boy from the town of Villeta, northwest of the Colombian capital Bogotá.

In 2019, Francisco founded an environmental group...

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