Millions take to the streets in 150 countries in Global Strike 4 Climate Change
Millions of people, including hundreds of thousands of school children, are taking to the streets in 150 countries today for the biggest climate protest in history.
& # 39; Global Strike 4 Climate Change & # 39; protesters were photographed in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Poland, Germany, and London on Wednesday mornings, with people expecting that in North and South America the day would begin.
In Sydney, the first major city to take to the streets, Thor star Chris Hemsworth and his young daughter India took part in the 50,000 in a rally with violent clashes between police and demonstrators.
Hundreds of thousands of children were among the crowd who had left classes to join the march, inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg who started school every Friday to protest against climate change in a global movement Scattered .
She is currently in Washington, where she spoke to Congress on climate change on Thursday, and is expected to lead marchers later today.
Protesters demand that world leaders take more action to combat the effects of climate change, as new weather records are broken every month. This year alone, the hottest month ever recorded on earth, record-breaking forest fires in Siberia, huge parts of the Amazon burned and the most powerful storm ever to attack the Bahamas.
Protesters take to the streets of Sydney on Friday morning when the largest climate demonstration in history, which will take place in 150 countries, was launched
Tens of thousands of people also took to the streets in Berlin, while other German cities, including Frankfurt and Munich, also saw their own demonstrations
Activists are taking part in Global Strike 4 Climate Change protests in Lodz, Poland's production center on Friday
A young woman holds a poster while taking part in a strike to protest government activity against climate change in New Delhi, India – one of the most polluted countries in the world
Thousands of Turkish students, with banners and posters, participate in demonstrations against climate change in Ankara
Environmentalists gather during the Global Climate Strike of the UK Student Climate Network on Friday morning in London
The majority of the demonstrators are young people or children who have left school to participate in the demonstrations, inspired by activist Greta Thunberg. Protesters are shown in Cyprus
Indonesian activists wear placards during their rally as part of a global climate change campaign in Jakarta
Environmental protection advocates hold signs during a solidarity meeting with the Global Climate Strike at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City
People hold placards and sing slogans while participating in a climate strike in the central district of Hong Kong
School students and demonstrators gather during a climate strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Young protesters take part in the Global Climate Strike protest in Bangkok on Friday morning
Young people gather for a protest against climate change on the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
In Australia, 300,000 people participated today, including more than 50,000 people in Sydney with Thor star Chris Hemsworth and his young daughter India among those who flooded the streets
In China – & # 39; the world's most polluting nation – the government of President Xi has banned the movement to protest in its cities.
In Australia, 300,000 people participated today, including more than 50,000 people in Sydney with Thor star Hemsworth and his young daughter India, among those who flooded the streets and called on governments and companies to commit to a net zero carbon emissions target. 2030.
But there were some arrests when fighting broke out between a minority of activists and police.
Children with signs that say: & # 39; The time is running out & & # 39; and & # 39; you die from old age – I die from climate change & # 39; are dropped out of school to march for urgent action against climate change.
In New York, the city's Department of Education says that all 1.1 million school children can skip the class to take part in the strike if they have parental permission – without fear of punishment.
Miss Thunberg, who has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for her climate activism, will later lead a rally at the United Nations headquarters in the city.
Canberra: a baby takes part in the Global Strike 4 Climate rally in which his parents show a warning about the extinction of animals in their car seat
Marovo Island, Solomon Islands: students in traditional clothing gathered in the South Pacific participated in a march along the beach
Bangkok: Marchers in Thailand decided to block the roads outside the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment because they demanded action
Hong Kong: Protesters with coffins and placards accusing governments of & # 39; ecocide & # 39; marching through the famous Hong Kong harbor
Indonesia: Young people walk with signs along the main road during a Global Climate Strike rally while smog covers the city because of the forest fires in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province
Bali: people show signs during a rally as part of a global climate change campaign on Sanur beach on the island of Indonesia
Dhaka: Bengali students join the protest and claim that world leaders behave like children & # 39; about climate change
Berlin: activists chose to cycle to block traffic on Ernst-Reuter-Platz square while participating in the global climate attack
While the sea of people made their way through the city, some students on scooters were able to go in the opposite direction, while there were some battles between protesters and police.
Missing a school day for climate protest will affect your child's exam opportunities, says the British minister of schools
British school minister Nick Gibb said the government shares the passion of young people. to tackle climate change, but said that children should not miss the school to protest.
About the Today program of BBC Radio 4, he said that schools should record the absences.
He said: & # 39; We share the passion, as a government, of young people to tackle climate change, and that is why this government and this country are committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gases by 2050. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; We don't think this should be at the expense of raising a child, because we want the next generation to be trained as well as possible to address these kinds of problems, and you don't. missed out on training. & # 39;
He said that even missing a day at school can affect GCSE results.
However, there were hundreds of young people who demonstrated their dedication to the matter while wearing artistic placards that they had created the night before, which said: & # 39; The time is nearly up & & # 39; and & # 39; There is no planet B & # 39 ;.
Others could see their signs scribbling on old pieces of cardboard on the sidewalk while they waited for the event to begin.
A 14-year-old girl Daily Mail Australia spoke with a two-hour bus from the Central Coast to make the event and said: & I'm here because I'm afraid of my future. I don't want children and those who face the same problem & # 39 ;.
Britons participating in the climate strikes can expect a day of unusually warm weather on Friday as they call on companies and politicians to reduce emissions.
Children and young people are preparing to leave classes and lectures, with hundreds of thousands of employees expected to participate.
The protests are part of a snowball movement caused by the strikes of teenage activist Greta Thunberg outside the Swedish parliament.
It anticipates a climate action summit in New York, convened by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to encourage countries to step up their climate efforts.
Much steeper measures are needed worldwide to prevent temperature rises of more than 1.5C (2.7F) or 2C (3.6F) to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
Brisbane: Millions of people from around the world are expected to leave work and school as part of & # 39; Strike 4 Climate Action & # 39; held in 150 countries on 20 September
Sydney: Two young girls climb a pole while thousands of people gather in the center of the city as part of the global mass day
A man clashes with the police during the climate rally in Sydney on Friday. He was arrested and removed from the area
Parents took their children out of school to participate in the protest. Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack said, however, that students should go to school because it is just a disruption & # 39; used to be
The Global Strike 4 Climate will take place on Friday in 110 towns and cities throughout Australia, with organizers demanding that government and industry work towards a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2030
More than 50,000 people flooded the streets of Sydney on their way to the domain to participate in the demonstration calling on governments and companies to reach a zero carbon net target by 2030.
& # 39; Can't Eat Money, Can't Drink Money & # 39 ;: Protesters take to the streets in Sydney as part of the Friday rally around the world
Brisbane (left) and Melbourne (right): More than 300,000 Australians have chosen to participate in the Global Strike 4 climate
In Australia, there were hundreds of young people demonstrating their dedication to the business while carrying artistic signs they had made the night before, which said: & # 39; The time is nearly up & & # 39; and & # 39; There is no planet B & # 39;
A young girl is sitting on the shoulders of a man during the Sydney protest on Friday. She was holding a sign with the text: & # 39; There is no planet B & # 39;
Sydney: Children can sing from school and throw their arms in the air during & # 39; the world's largest planned climate protests
Thousands of demonstrators showed up for the Friday climate strike. This woman wore green and wrapped a vine around her neck for the cause
As if to underline the urgency of the problems, the mercury will reach 26C (78.8F) – 8C (46.4F) above the average for the time of the year this weekend.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It is incredible that we need global strike action to take the future of our planet seriously.
& # 39; The grim reality is that our climate is changing rapidly and we no longer have time to tackle it. & # 39;
He promised full support to attackers and added that the town hall was invited to observe the strike itself.
& # 39; I hope that governments around the world that do not take action will hear the voices of millions of people, young and old, united in their call for action to save our planet. Our future depends on it, & he said.
Jeremy Corbyn, labor leader, will hold a demonstration of climate strikers outside parliament on Friday, while other events are being held up and down the country.
The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) says there are more than 200 events taking place in the UK, where – for the first time – adults are encouraged to join the youth while they strike.
UKSCN calls on politicians to submit a & # 39; Green New Deal & # 39; to reduce UK emissions to zero and improve lives, changes in education to equip young people to cope with the climate crisis and vote 16 to give a vote.
Among the many unions that are putting their weight behind the strikes are the TUC Congress, the University and College Union and Unite.
Some companies actively support their employees to take action, with outdoor clothing company Patagonia closing stores and offices worldwide and closing advertisements to support the strikers.
The Cooperative Bank also works with Unite to support its staff in participating in climate strikes across the country.
Worldwide, more than 4,600 events are taking place in 139 countries as part of the Fridays for Future movement between Friday, September 20 and 27, and campaign group 350.org says more than 70 unions, 500 organizations, and 1,000 companies have supported the strikes .
Muna Suleiman, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said that most people wanted to solve the climate crisis, but politicians had to take action.
She said: & # 39; If we need our leaders to act, they continue to disappoint us.
& # 39; From filling the air with more planes to supporting fracking in the UK and financing oil and gas projects abroad.
& # 39; That's why we stand shoulder to shoulder with young people calling on our politicians to take emergency climate measures now. And we ask everyone to join us. & # 39;
Indonesia: A youth inhales from a can of oxygen while smog covers the city because of the forest fires in Palangka Raya while nearby a masked young woman holds a warning about the effects of climate change
Bangkok: Thai people protest before the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Bangkok: Children with megaphones demand that their politicians make changes to protect the future of the planet
Solomon Islands: students wave their flags attend protest against climate change on the island of Marovo, one of the 900 that are part of the nation
New Caledonia: protesters living on the small Pacific island, a French territory, gather in the small capital Noumea
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said the school strikers have demonstrated that people's power can move governments.
He said: & # 39; The rest of us must get up now and stand with the children who demand radical, systemic change, before it's too late. & # 39;
Protests are planned in around 150 countries on Friday. The goal is for students and others from all over the world to speak with one voice about the impending effects of climate change on the planet.
The strike will reach its peak in New York when Greta Thunberg, who has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for her climate activism, will lead a rally at home at the United Nations headquarters.
Thunberg noticed the & # 39; huge crowd & # 39; in Sydney in a tweet, which she said would set the norm as the strikes moved through Asia, Europe, and Africa.
In the early afternoon, the protesters in Sydney swept over an open space of 34 hectares in the city. Similar crowds were reported in Brisbane and other capitals.
Danielle Porepilliasana, a high school student in Sydney, had a blunt message for politicians such as the Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann, who told parliament on Thursday that students should stay in class.
& # 39; World leaders from everywhere tell us that students must be in school to do work, & # 39; she said, with anti-coal earrings.
& # 39; I'd like to see them do their work in their parliaments. & # 39;
The UN summit brings together world leaders to discuss strategies to mitigate climate change, such as the transition to renewable energy sources from fossil fuels.
The issue is particularly relevant for low-lying Pacific islands, which have repeatedly asked richer countries to do more to prevent rising sea levels.
Children on the Solomon Islands protested along the coastline with traditional grass skirts and with wooden shields in solidarity with the global movement.
In Thailand, more than 200 young people burst into the ministry of the environment and fell to the ground as if pretending to die when they demanded government action against climate change.
& # 39; This is what will happen if we don't stop climate change now & nbsp; said the 21-year-old strike organizer Nanticha Ocharoenchai.
No protests are allowed in China, & # 39; the world's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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