School students walk out in global climate strike
School students walk around the world for a strike to demand action on climate change
Organizers expect more than one million young people to join the protests in at least 110 countries on Friday.
They are calling on politicians and businessmen have to take urgent steps to slow global warming.
The strikes are inspired by school student Greta Thunberg, who has become a global figurehead since protesting outside Sweden’s parliament in 2018.
Carrying a “school strike for climate change” sign, the then 15-year old said she was refusing to attend classes until Swedish politicians took action.
The solo protest led to various movements across Europe, the US, and Australia, known as Fridays for Future School Strike for Climate.
The last co-ordinated international protest took place on 15 March, with an estimated 1.6 million students from 125 countries walking out of school.
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The strike begins
The take a step on Friday began in Australia and New Zealand.
In Melbourne, 13-year-old Nina Pasqualini wants to join the strike because she was worried about “weather disasters”.
Organizers are expecting more than a million students around the world to walk out
Australia just had its hottest summer on record and climate so they can a big change in this situation.
In 2018, global carbon emissions hit a record high and UN-backed panel on climate change last October warned that to stabilize the climate, emissions will have to be slashed over the next 12 years.
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Sophie Hanford, a national organizer in New Zealand, says that the 20 September strike was “only the beginning”.
A global movement
Strikes were organized in Asian nations including India, Afghanistan Thailand, and Japan.
“Inaction equals extinction” and “save the world, not your money” read some of the placards on display.
An invitation to older generations
“This is a task for all humanity. We young people can contribute to a bigger fight, to change a big difference. But that only works if our action is understood as a call,” they wrote.
“This is our request. 20 September, we will start a step week for the climate with a worldwide strike. We ask you to join us, Join in the day with your friends, family and every other people who know them to you hear our voices and create a good point in history.”