Worldwide Protests Calling for Action against Climate Change

Brenda Watkins
September 20, 2019

Her protests have led to a rise of young people demanding action on climate change from leaders around the world.

Young people all over the world walked out of school to join the strike.

St Albans pupils are joining youth activists all over the country in a school strike over the climate emergency.

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The 17-year-old Rundle College High School students have been communicating with other student groups around the world, sharing and receiving advice about the movement.

More than 5,000 events are planned worldwide, culminating in a massive rally in NY, where 1.1 million students in around 1,800 public schools have been permitted to skip school. The aim is for students and others from around the world to speak in one voice about the impending effects of climate change on the planet.

As well as a number of speakers, the protest featured musical performances from local bands, stalls from environmental charities in York, crafts, marches across the city centre, as well as a people's assembly addressing the question: 'How can we make the climate movement more inclusive?'.

"In Samburu there is a lot of heat, the grass has dried up, there is little water", said Francis Lentel, a young herdsman in traditional beads, holding a picture of the Earth weeping.

As the sun rose above the global dateline, events began in the deluge-threatened Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, the Solomons and Kiribati - where children chanted "we are not sinking, we are fighting".

Schoolchildren and students at events from Cornwall to Scotland are being joined by parents, campaigners and workers to demand urgent action on tackling greenhouse gases driving rising global temperatures.

"Otherwise we're not going to have a future".

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The strike in NY has three central demands.

The Daily Telegraph reports psychologists are treating children as young as 10 who are experiencing anxiety from climate change fearmongering. They will then march to Devon County Council to present them with a list of climate change demands.

"Pacific Islanders are on the forefront of climate change".

Smaller rallies were held in more than a dozen cities around Japan, including Kyoto, the nation's ancient capital that hosted the 1997 climate conference. Prolonged drought. Flash flooding.

Ruling coalition parliamentarian Craig Kelly on Thursday warned children that "everything you're told is a lie".

Some companies, like Patagonia and Ben and Jerry's, are also closed on Friday in support of the strike.

During the protests chants such as: "show me what democracy looks like - this is what democracy looks like" and "hey ho, climate change has got to go" were being sung by all.

In a similar vein, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos on Thursday pledged to make the United States technology and retail giant carbon neutral by 2040 and encourage other firms to do likewise.

Management and staff of RenewEconomy and EV Media, publisher of our sister site The Driven, will be taking a long lunch this coming Friday - not in some weird throw-back to the 80s, but to lend our support to the global student-led fight against political inaction on change.

Thunberg, who soared into prominence after sailing across the Atlantic in an emissions-free yacht ahead of the summit, was in NY to headline a massive rally in Lower Manhattan ahead of next week's climate summit at the headquarters of the United Nations.

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