Young people around the world are skipping school today to protest a lack of action on climate change. Pictures and videos of the protests are rolling in from across the globe.
Students in more than 100 countries were planning to participate in thousands of protests across the globe today. Turnout has been very strong. Though we’ve yet to hear of any unofficial estimates in total — and the protests aren’t finished — it should be a very big number.
The climate strike movement started with Greta Thunberg of Sweden last year. Now 16 years old, Thunberg started the Fridays For Future movement, which has reached its biggest day yet. US Youth Climate Strike is helping to organize the protests in the US.
On Thursday, it was revealed that Thunberg has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Today in The Guardian, Thunberg and a number of other young climate strike leaders guest edited a column titled “Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all.” In the column, the writers keep saying “This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.” For example:
“This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice. The vast majority of climate strikers taking action today aren’t allowed to vote. Imagine for a second what that feels like. Despite watching the climate crisis unfold, despite knowing the facts, we aren’t allowed to have a say in who makes the decisions about climate change. And then ask yourself this: wouldn’t you go on strike too, if you thought doing so could help protect your own future?”
The column concludes with “This movement had to happen. And now, you adults have a choice.”
Here are a number of photos and videos posted on Twitter since the climate strike protests began.
Auckland, New Zealand
I’m not capturing the best content at the #climatestrike here in Auckland—mostly because there are WAY more people here than anybody predicted. The sound system and the photography spots just can’t accommodate. The kids are here to make US be alright.#climatestrikeNZ pic.twitter.com/ZgAmxeFNiS
— Adam Greenberg 🔥 (@pragmactivist) March 15, 2019
— School Strike 4 Climate (@StrikeClimate) March 15, 2019
— Gunjan Jain (@j_gunjan) March 15, 2019
— Josh Archer (@joshuadarcher) March 15, 2019
— Olli-Pekka Paasivirta 🇪🇺 (@OPPaasivirta) March 15, 2019
— Milena Siderova (@m_siderova) March 15, 2019
— redfish (@redfishstream) March 15, 2019
— I ᴀᴍ: мιяιαмα 📌ssd (@Miriama03_Stay) March 15, 2019
— Saoi🌊 (@saoi4climate) March 15, 2019
— John Gibbons (@think_or_swim) March 15, 2019
"Police tried to close the entrance to The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace but they just keep on coming… #ExtinctionRebellion #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate", @LdnRebellion.#YouthStrike4Climate #FridaysForFuture @Strike4Youth @UKSCN1 @ukyccpic.twitter.com/kmfmj5YSdR
— Extinction Rebellion ⌛️ (@ExtinctionR) March 15, 2019
— Charlotte Boys (@charlotte_boys) March 15, 2019
— Ecosia (@Ecosia) March 15, 2019
— Students For Climate Action (@StudentsClimAct) March 15, 2019
New York City
— Jennifer Hsu (@jennhsu) March 15, 2019
— Fran Cummings (@GreenSmartGrid) March 15, 2019
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) March 15, 2019
Cape Town, South Africa
— Glen Tyler (@GlenTyler) March 15, 2019
— Fredrik Andersson-Tay (@Fr3dr1k_89) March 15, 2019
— Keith Stewart (@climatekeith) March 15, 2019
And Electrek’s Jameson Dow attended the demonstration at UC Irvine:
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