Global climate strike: One million youth demand immediate action to save the planet

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On Friday, March 15, an estimated one million youth in 128 countries skipped school to demand immediate action on climate policy reform.

The global #climatestrike turned out massive, it was one of the largest environmental demonstrations in history. More than 1,600 events took place worldwide. In the United States alone actions took place in at least 136 cities and towns.

Plans for the March 15 strike developed from the activism of 16-year-old Swedish youth environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who started her activism (alone) in August 2018 by skipping school to sit outside the Swedish parliament building, which she still does nearly every single Friday. Thunberg has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless activism from the past eight months.

“These strikes are happening today—from Washington D.C. to Moscow, Tromsø to Invercargill, Beirut to Jerusalem, and Shanghai to Mumbai—because politicians have failed us,” Thunberg wrote in the Guardian on Friday. “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.”

“There is no grey area when it comes to survival,” said Thunberg. “That’s why young people are striking in every corner of the globe, and it’s why we are asking that older people join us on the streets too.”

Some of the written demands by youth organizers include world leaders taking action to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celcius, a threshold references in the Paris climate agreement that the United States has backed out of. Youth activists also endorse the Green New Deal resolution introduced last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D0NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).

Although the protests were largely planned and operated by youth activists, environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, 350.org, and Greenpeace officially endorsed the strike and more than 240 scientists signed an open letter supporting the student’s demands.

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