Global Youth Climate Strike Expected To Draw Large Crowds
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 22, 2019,
Sep 22, 2019, 0:48
Climate change is killing us: that's the message students in the Lower Mainland are sending as they join kids all over the world in protest. This initiative is led by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg ahead of the Climate Action Summit to be held on September 23.
Although promoted in English-speaking countries as the "Global Climate Strike", the FFFT and related organizations in Japan changed the name of the event held in this country to "Global Climate March" in an effort to attract more participants.
"The starting time was set up for after school to make it easier for everybody to take part", said Iwano, a first-year student at Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School.
More than 1,000 communities across the United States participated in the event, and New York City schools allowed students to attend the march.
Britons joining the climate strikes can expect a day of unseasonably warm weather on Friday as they call on businesses and politicians to cut emissions.
The 16-year-old described the numbers of people who took to the streets as "unbelievable" - from Asia-Pacific to Europe and Africa, culminating in NY where a million students have been permitted to skip school.
Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike
"My family has been super-active in environmental health on our island for as long as I can remember, and coming here is like the next step", Trujillo told Live Science. We know war can kill a group of people.
"Our oceans are rising, so are we", was a popular slogan on placards in many places. "This is not political opinion or views, this is science". "The facts are, there is no link between climate change and drought, polar bears are increasing in number", said Australian ruling coalition parliamentarian Craig Kelly on Thursday.
More than 200 students lay down on the food court floor during a lunchtime rush, pretending to be dead - the very thing they say climate change will do to them and future generations if world leaders don't take action, and soon.
The strike's figurehead is 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who traveled from Sweden to NY on an emission-free sailboat. She inadvertently started a movement after local and then global media took notice. "When people talk about young people, they always think of, like, 'Oh, they can't do anything, because they're not really grown up and they don't have power in this world, '" said An Nguyen, a junior at Nathan Hale. "But what's done is done so we just need to move forward", said Lena Donofrio, a student protestor in Montpelier.
From Sydney to Manila, Berlin to NY, young people are taking to the streets en masse to protest climate change and demand action from their elected leaders. He said that the worldwide campaign had been launched to sensitise policymakers and citizens about the climate change. Just slightly over half feel angry, according to the survey.
Many crowded streets in places like Dublin, Ireland and Melbourne, Australia with their signs warning of Climate Change and urging others to act to reverse it. Meanwhile, workers at Amazon, Microsoft and other large firms have also pledged to take part in today's strike. Thousands of Americans across the country joined the global strike demanding action on the climate crisis. Bezos stopped short of boycotting oil and gas companies, which the group had wanted.
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