Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Students around the world skip school to demand action on climate change

Students around the world skip school to demand action on climate change

Speakers urged people to take their own small steps to collectively make a large difference, such as bringing reusable bags to grocery stores, reusing everything as much as possible, and walking, cycling or taking transit rather than driving. Overheard chants include "Fuck Donald Trump" and "Congress Congress say fuck you/We deserve a future too".

More than 400 kids stood below her, wearing backpacks and letterman jackets and school sweaters. Asked what inspired her to strike today, Eliza Schwartz, an 8-year-old student at PS 11 in Chelsea, told Gothamist: "Well, mommy just has the news on after we get home and she's making dinner and sometimes I'm so bored I just listen".

Thousands of young people took to the streets of Ireland today to take part in the latest global youth climate strike.

One girl carried a poster made from an empty box of Honeycomb cereal.

"It's inspiring, it's heartening, and also infuriating that this is their burden when I think they should be able to do other things", said Bradley.

End all extraction and burning of fossil fuels.

Loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases at current rates, scientists say, will eventually lead to an uninhabitable planet.

French education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has so far responded by saying that he would like to organise debates on climate change and environmental issues in every French lycée. To avoid catastrophe, according to a recent United Nations study, the world must reduce by half all greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

It was one of hundreds of strikes around the world.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also extolled Coleman and the other leaders of the "You Climate Strike" movement in the USA, which includes Isra Hirsi, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's 16-year-old daughter.

"We are building off generations of resistance", said Mishka Banuri, a senior at West High School, where many students left classrooms and walked the couple of blocks up to the Capitol.

In Newcastle City centre, the Monument was surrounded by hundreds of young people chanting "we want action now". "We are young and unstoppable".

More than 150,000 students across Quebec went on strike on Friday as part of a global movement demanding action on climate change.

Youth demonstrate for climate change during the "Fridays for Future" school strike, on Heldenplatz in Vienna, Austria, March 15, 2019.

Another, directed at Alabama's pro-life legislators, read "You fight so hard for us to have babies".

"I've always been passionate about fixing something when I see something is wrong", 12-year-old Denver student Haven Coleman, a co-founder of the organization planning USA strikes, told NPR.

"That's just No. 1, completely wrong".

She added: "We came here today to tell you that change is happening, whether you like it or not. This is a national emergency - a real one".

"I have always felt like I needed to do something", said Anna Siegel, a 7th grader at Friends School of Portland who helped organize the Portland rally.

One, published as part of Youth for Climate France, said: "We do not want to salvage a planet damaged by previous generations".

Osime then climbed onto one of the bikes on the steps of the Capitol to relieve a exhausted pedaler as others lined up to speak with the microphone connected by cords to the wheels. Other rallies were held in 100 towns around Sweden.

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