Hundreds of youngsters are planning to skip school to join a rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers are calling an global Youth Climate Strike to seek action on climate change. The protest movement has now spread across the world, with walkouts being held in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and today the United States of America, as well as more than 100 other countries across the globe.
Do you think the growing alarm over climate change is justified? "Although we can't vote, we showed our politicians what we want", said one activist, to the applause of her classmates.
"Anybody who can listen to our message and change what's happening right now in the government, we welcome their ear, we welcome their opinion", Hutten says.
Young Derry students at a number of Derry schools will tomorrow leave their classrooms in a staged "strike" to attend a protest on climate change.
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In New Zealand, strike organizers said they were pleased after a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, saying they believed their government would take positive steps.
"Here in France, we have already been striking every Friday for four weeks".
High school students all over the world, including in Utah, will walk out Friday in a protest to call attention to the issue of climate change.
The protest is part of a global Youth Climate Strike, and as CNN reports, thousands of schoolchildren have been clogging streets across the US, Europe, and South Asia today.
Thunberg, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said at a rally in Stockholm that the world faces an "existential crisis, the biggest crisis humanity ever has faced and still it has been ignored for decades".
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Forman: We're hoping to impact the business leaders and politicians who refuse to accept the situation. "This is our future that we're talking about, and we need to protect it", Madsen said. Teen organizers said a national emergency on climate is long overdue.
Supporting the kids: The 62-year-old wrote on Instagram: "You know the world has changed coz (sic) we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were amazing".
The movement was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, whose talk at the World Economic Forum in Davos went viral. Campaigners have judged that insufficient action has been taken since the report came out.
Students plan to ask city officials to support the federal Green New Deal proposal as well as local policies that are in line with the concept.
"This port is being built under the guise of economic opportunities when it only really helps the rich get richer, we will not fall for it", said Mishka Banuri, co-founder of Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, .
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