English Translation: My name is Maëlle, I am 17 years old, and I come from Lausanne (Switzerland). I have always heard about climate change since I was little, but never as an emergency. People were procrastinating, talking about it as a distant event, rather vague, and then... On January 18, 2019, I first heard about the climate strike. I was not very convinced, I wondered if it was really a movement, or just a way for some to have fun and miss classes. Being an apprentice, I could not go without taking leave, and I finally gave up on the idea of participating. On February 2 a second strike took place, I went with some friends. It was my first demo, and the feeling of being in a group motivated by the same goal was incredible. Since that day, I have missed none. But it was only at the beginning of the summer that I really joined the heart of the movement, after much hesitation. Being shy in nature, and feeling as if I had ‘missed the boat’ by joining a group already formed for months, in which people seemed to have bonded and were so confident, it scared me a little. Finally, after having participated in a brainstorming session in the canton (administrative area) of Vaud, I joined the Communication working group. Being a graphic design apprentice, it allowed me to use the skills and knowledge I had acquired to create flyers, posters, logos, posts for social networks, etc. Since then, I have participated in a first national meeting, a regional meeting and other gatherings. Getting involved in the Climate Strike has helped me to truly become aware of the urgency of the situation and to reflect in more depth on the subject, on my own impact and on my habits or personal choices to change. And I also learned a lot; about climate science, biodiversity, alternative lifestyles, and many other topics. It allowed me to find people with whom to collaborate and share experiences, and when you see the magnitude of the climate crisis, or you discover the facts about the collapse of our ecosystem, to be able to act together and support each other is a necessity.