Millions join in Youth led Global Climate Strike

The majority of the protestors were students and workers who skipped school and work to join the demonstrations. The movement focused on three demands: 100% clean energy; keeping fossil fuels in the ground and helping climate refugees.

Yesterday the world witnessed a historic event when over four million people took part in global climate strike across 150 nations. The majority of the protestors were students and workers who skipped school and work to join the demonstrations. The movement focused on three demands: 100% clean energy; keeping fossil fuels in the ground and helping climate refugees.

The demonstrations started in the Pacific Islands before quickly getting started across Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North and South America.

In India, more than 14,000 people signed up for 26 events across the country as part of the global strikes. In Delhi, more than 2,000 students and schoolchildren demanded the Prime Minister to declare an immediate climate emergency in India.

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From New York to Guatemala City, Sydney to Kabul, and Cape Town to London, protesters in hundreds of cities around the world took the streets, demanding their governments take urgent steps to tackle the climate crisis and prevent an environmental catastrophe.

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The event is a part of the school strike for climate movement, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Greta Thunberg,16 years of age, the Swedish teenager who came to limelight when she started by skipping school every Friday and stood outside Swedish Parliament calling for stronger climate action. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together they organized a school climate strike movement, under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million pupils each.

The strike comes three days before world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit to discuss climate change mitigation strategies, including the move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Many NGOs, unions, social movements, and companies also joined in the strikes including  350.orgAmnesty InternationalExtinction Rebellion, Greenpeace International, OxfamWWFPatagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Lush, Atlassian, and more. New York City public schools have announced plans to “excuse students to participate in climate strikes”, with parents’ permission. Some Australian companies have formed the “Not Business As Usual alliance”, and have encouraged their workers to join the strikes in their respective cities, and advocate for all Australian companies to support taking climate action. In the United Kingdom, the UK General Strike for Climate,was the first general strike in Britain since the 1926 United Kingdom general strike.

 

Public venues overflowed in major cities, and the streets were flooded with young and old across the nation, toppling records and showing the deep concern and strong desire for government action to address the climate crisis. Student organizers estimate a more than doubling of numbers since the last climate strike rallies held six months ago in March 2019, well exceeding their expectations.

The protests are taking place across 4,500 locations in 150 countries. On 20 September, organisers reported that 1.4 million people took part in the German strikes, and an estimated 300,000 protesters took part in Australian strikes. A rally in London drew 100,000 participants, according to organisers. 

The organisers plan to strike the full week from 20 to 27 September proposed for a worldwide general climate strike called the Earth Strike.

 

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