Skipping school to protest climate change

Skipping school to protest climate change

Skipping school to protest climate change

Dozens of students protesting climate change in central London climbed onto the back of a lorry which became trapped on Whitehall as others yelled "engine off" at the driver.

The demands of protests were as follows: Stop the Adani coal mine, set to be the largest in the country, no new coal or gas projects, and a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

The students join thousands of schoolchildren around the world, who are calling on leaders to take tougher action on climate change.

Classrooms in capitals from Lagos to London are expected to be empty, as the ambitious organisers of the global student strike hoped to stage 1,000 demonstrations in more than 100 countries. Thousands of pupils are expected to walk out of lessons at schools and colleges across the country amid growing concern about the escalating climate crisis.

Brooklynn Ortiz, at center, and Maria Buck, both juniors at South Portland High School, gather with others at Portland City Hall on Friday for a students' climate protest.

They said they did not want to strike, play truant or waste the time of their teachers but they had to make a stand.

Greta Thunberg, in August previous year, became the face of a "school strike" outside the Swedish parliament building.

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"For the European elections in May, we're urging everyone to think about whether they want to give their vote to a party that doesn't have a plan for the future and the climate", she said.

If you could tell adults and people in charge one thing about climate change, what would it be?

"We have 11 years to avoid a catastrophic climate change", said Hirisi.

This time students are taking part in a day of global action with more than 90 countries participating. During the takeover, Guardian US will display its strongest recent climate change coverage from Guardian correspondents and columnists around the world.

"We need to cause an uproar", said Maya Sprenger-Otto, an organizer and student at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, addressing a crowd of several hundred teens on the Capitol steps. I am so, so, so grateful for what you are doing, I can't put it into words. We'll be walking from the University of Malta to the Parliament building in Valletta, to raise awareness on our future and our planet!

"When I saw that (Fridays for Future) was planning to have an inaugural protest in the USA on March 15th, I sent out a message to a few friends to see if they wanted to organize a student strike in Bellingham", Gardner said in an email.

"We've seen years of negotiations, pathetic deals on climate change, fossil fuel companies being given free rein to carve open our lands, drill beneath our soils, and burn away our futures for their profit". This strike isn't just a protest, it's also a symbol of moving forward and making progress on climate change legislation.

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