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Across the globe, students like these two in Poland walked out of class to put their foot down against climate change. From Sydney to Nairobi, young protestors united as international stalwarts of the cause, urging their elected officials to take immediate action.
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Children flooded the streets of Ukraine, in support of renewable energy sources and an expansion of public electric transport.
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In Australia, pint-size protestors flocked to a dinosaur bearing a dire warning.
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In Kenya’s capital city, young environmental activists shut their textbooks in a “collective call to action.”
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A boy in Germany, too young to understand the politics and policy intricacies at play, held a simple but poignant message.
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Protests were organized in more than 40 German cities today. Activists held signs like this one to impress a sense of urgency with lawmakers, calling on them to “take a fast-track policy route toward lowering CO2 emissions and combating the warming of the Earth's temperatures.”
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Students in the U.K. crowded the streets as Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the young activists
for bringing the discussion of climate change to the “center stage.”
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Steps outside the U.S. Capitol, parents accompanied their students who skipped school to experience social activism firsthand.
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Students in Scotland aired their grievances, joining a rallying cry of millions of activists participating in today’s Global Climate Strike.
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Students took to the streets of the capital city of the Philippines, demanding action in the name of science.
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Demonstrators in England made their voices heard. FridaysForFuture
, the international movement behind the school strikes, plans another wave of rallies next week.
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Students rally in Australia, holding the whole world, quite literally, in their hands.
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Global Change Agent
Widely considered the voice of the movement, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is seen here speaking outside the White House on Sept. 13. In 2018, the Swede launched a protest outside Swedish Parliament. Fast-forward one year—and a 60-foot sailboat expedition
and a congressional hearing
later—and this “Joan of Arc of climate change
” is determined to maintain momentum. Today she participated in the protests in New York City, where 1.1 million students were given permission to skip school to join in.
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