#ClimateStrike: How young people are rallying to take control of their futures today
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Strikes began earliest in Australia, New Zealand and across the rest of the southern hemisphere, with a massive 150,000 students and 'adult supporters' striking just in Australia.
Latest update say:— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 15, 2019
2052 places in 123 countries on all continents, including Antarctica.
So, the question is:
What will you do on March 15 2019? https://t.co/ROmtFMrj6Y#schoolstrike4climate #FridaysForFurture #climatestrike #WhateverItTakes
(picture from Sydney today) pic.twitter.com/oFr6IryCnk
Extinction Rebellion Australia kept up with the live news from the city.
In Melbourne alone, 40,000 students went on strike. According to School Strike 4 Climate Australia, the movement in the country began in November last year, when 'over 15,000 Australian school students went on strike, defying Prime Minister Scott Morrison's orders not to'. There have also been strikes across Asia, including India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and many more locations. Strikes were also seen across Africa and the Americas. Even Antarctica saw strikes. letter detailing the students' demands released two weeks ago. You only need to search #SchoolStrike4Climate, and thousands upon thousands of tweets about the protests taking place all over the world today will appear. Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg, who inspired the movement and has today been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, has been showing her support for students, retweeting pictures from all over the world of those who are are taking a stand against their governments.
"Still arriving, intersection completely blocked. Incredible noise!... #Melbourne #schoolstrike4climate", @STorsi— Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) March 15, 2019
"New Zealand", @thisaintrock
"NZ kids at parliament demanding a safe climate", @lessflying
"Melbourne right now", @XRebellionAus pic.twitter.com/9SGsZYLyPm
The movement #FridaysForFuture was started in August 2018, following in Greta's footsteps, and has helped to coordinate students' protests all around the world over the past few months.
Students in Delhi at their #SchoolStrike4Climate today!— Pujarini (@pujarini_sen) March 15, 2019
(spotted a support @GretaThunberg sign too)
Demanding clean air, clean energy, &clean water— asking governments to act now!
Solidarity among young activists across the world is so amazing!#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/n79fV8yole
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Image Credit: Leonhard Lenz on WikipediaThe strikers have also been joined in many cases by parents, grandparents and other adults who are giving thier full support to the younger generation's statement that enough is enough. These strikes are organised and peaceful, although there is no doubt that the following days will see a vast amount of criticism from leading politicians. The strikes last month drew a high level of criticism, not least from the UK government. A note from our Environment Editor, Matilda Martin: "The Guardian writes that young people are calling for 'system change, not climate change'. "Our governments, particularly those in the West, are manufactured to reap the benefits of the short term, for those in power right now. The reason that governments have not taken substantial action against climate change is that it is not beneficial in the short term - in other words, for their pay cheques. "Our world revolves around money. Our leaders need to stop being selfish and change this, because in the long run, it is more beneficial for everyone to stop climate change. They've had their chance. Such lack of action shows us exactly why they should not be the ones making decisions for our future - because it is OURS." Lead Image: Extinction Rebellion on Twitter