Hundreds of thousands youths participate in worldwide climate change protests, strikes

Clay Curtis
May 26, 2019

Protesters - many of them too young to vote - took to the streets Friday across the European Union to demand tougher action against global warming as the 28-nation bloc elects a new parliament.

The last global strike on March 15 involved around 10,000 Scottish students, and organisers expect more to attend today's marches.

Organisers say more than 120 protests are taking place in the United Kingdom, with tens of thousands of students attending - despite exams taking place in schools around the country.

Jake Woodier, a campaign officer with the UK Student Climate Network Campaign, told Euronews: "We're seeing quite a lot of change happening at quite a fast pace in the UK, where ultimately, we've seen the narrative about climate change and the kind of climate crisis shifting quite dramatically". Demonstrations were planned in more than 100 countries on Friday, with coordinators hoping hundreds of thousands of students would join in. "We need to bring the glory of the city back", Nishanth said.

In Berlin, thousands of mostly young people rallied in front of the German capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate waving banners with slogans such as "There is no planet B" or "Plant trees, save the bees, clean the seas". This time, more than 2,000 protests were expected to take place before the weekend hit. "That doesn't mean we can't use that time effectively and take active steps toward achieving climate justice. We want to save our planet".

Evie Hylands, 15, from Glasgow, said: "This protest symbolises something greater than just a strike".

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"The world's scientists have stated that we only have 11 years left to safeguard our future, and this issue still is not being acted upon".

For more than 40 years, scientists have warned that burning too much coal, oil and gas could cause unsafe climate change.

And just last week it emerged that the Antarctic ice is melting much faster than previously feared and global atmospheric Carbon dioxide emissions reached a record level of 415ppm.

In the USA, students are calling for implementation of the Green New Deal, which aims to make the USA a zero-emissions country in just 10 years by abolishing the use of fossil fuels and switching the entire economy to renewable sources of energy.

"My environment is being destroyed by the fossil fuel industry", said Sainey Gibba, 22, a graduate student organizing a school strike in the West African country of Gambia.

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