Youth protest climate change in worldwide school strike

16 March, 2019, 04:21 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Students walk out of class to protest climate change

The organizers argued that young people are the ones who will be impacted the most by climate change. "We can make a change and I know that we can protect our future if we choose to act now", she said.

On Friday, students protested the lack of action from adults on environmental issues with the #ClimateStrike walkouts.

Meanwhile, founder of the Strike for Climate movement Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Norway, with MP Freddy André Øvstegård stating that: "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", and that "she has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace". We are not young and naive, we are young and unstoppable, we have our eyes and ears on you, we will not be manipulated.

"It's spread so far, I think it's absolutely incredible, and it just shows how much climate change does need to be addressed and how unsatisfied we are with what's now going on", she said.

The demonstrations, which included adults, were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.

In Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities, 200 students took part in a colourful protest, waving ribbons, juggling and performing stunts with hoops.

She said she took the comment in stride and attended the rally anyway.

- In San Francisco, 1,000 demonstrators descended on the local offices of Sen.

"The political climate in the States right now is doing nothing", 17-year-old Max Prestigiacomo, who's organizing a Wisconsin demonstration, told NBC News.

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The adolescents say they have witnessed the nightmarish impacts of extreme weather: the hurricanes, the most devastating wildfire in California's history and the polar vortex that gripped the Midwest.

Pareira told the Outpost that she was hopeful to see so many students protesting today. Science! When do we want it?

She was part of a crowd that easily topped 1,000 and packed the City Hall plaza with kids hauling backpacks and handmade signs. The country is vulnerable to rising sea levels and rapid desertification.

Some politicians praised the students.

The speakers addressed issues specific to Utah, many mentioning air quality problems and the plans for an inland port.

HSU Professor Sarah Ray spoke to the young people, applauding them for their efforts and reminding them that they were representative of a huge movement going on today. Don't worry about Brexit, worry about climate change.

In 2015, world leaders agreed in Paris to a goal of keeping the Earth's global temperature rise by the end of the century well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. All over the world, students have already started to strike.

Thunberg appeared at the rally in Stockholm and addressed fellow activists. "This is our future that we're talking about, and we need to protect it", Madsen said. "We are here to preserve our future".

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