Youth Climate Strike Brings Thousands to Streets of London

Youth Climate Strike Brings Thousands to Streets of London

Youth Climate Strike Brings Thousands to Streets of London

Volkov joined thousands of students in more than 100 countries who took part in coordinated "school strikes" to protest what they see as failures by their governments.

- In India's capital of New Delhi, schoolchildren protested inaction on climate change and demanded that authorities tackle rising air pollution levels, which often far exceed World Health Organization limits.

She was part of a crowd that easily topped 1,000 and packed the City Hall plaza with kids hauling backpacks and handmade signs.

"I think it's really great that students are stepping up and saying we want a different future for ourselves", she said. She says politicians need to prioritize climate change.

It all began with a teenager named Greta Thunberg, who skipped school to protest outside the Swedish Parliament last summer, launching a global youth climate movement.

Ms Thunberg was the first to call for a "Fridays for Future" movement, and has since even been suggested as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in San Francisco, whose terse exchange with a visiting class over the Green New Deal went viral late last month. Breanna Santamaria, a Wilson High junior, said that event galvanized students here in a way she's never seen before. This is an effort to save our lives.

She said: "In 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday, and if I have children, they may celebrate this day with me".

Some adults were more supportive of the demonstration.

Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon
David L. Ryan Globe Staff Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon

The walkout is happening in many nations around the world - including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, South Africa, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, France, Britain and Germany.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, who recently announced he'd target his sights on a Senate re-election rather than chase a White House bid, also encouraged the youth protests on Twitter.

Well more than 150,000 students and adults who were mobilized by word of mouth and social media protested in Europe, according to police estimates.

The UN's climate science panel warned in October that only a wholesale transformation of the global economy and consumer habits could forestall a catastrophe. So youth protests like #ClimateStrike could help remind the older generation that action needs to be taken.

"I've always been passionate about fixing something when I see something is wrong", 12-year-old Denver student Haven Coleman, a co-founder of the organization planning US strikes, told NPR.

Santamaria rides her bike as much as possible. "Real change starts small and builds on itself a little at a time", she said.

Loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases at current rates will eventually lead to an uninhabitable planet, scientists say.

Organizers of Friday's rally called on IL lawmakers to support a new bill that would transition the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Forty-two percent of that comes from animal agriculture. They've lived in a world that's been gradually getting warmer each year since they were born.

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