Students call for climate change action in nationwide protests

Olive Hawkins
March 18, 2019

Thousands of students across the United States and world are expected to walk out of school today and demand that politicians take immediate action to thwart climate disruption and secure a livable future for younger generations.

Thunberg says more than a million students took place across the globe on Friday.

With strikes planned in at least 168 USA cities and towns here, mostly progressive communities, a handful of them like that set up by Kerr stand out for taking place deep in oil country.

During the student walkout, the Guardian will devote our entire USA front page - containing more than 40 stories - to climate change coverage from 11am to 11.11am ET. In October 2018, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gave the world only 12 years to cut carbon emissions to keep global temperatures from rising more than 0.5 degrees Celsius.

Sam Gibbons lead the event with a speech outside BBC Radio Stoke highlighting the importance that action is taken in preventing climate change now, especially for the younger generations. Police said 16 protesters were arrested on disorderly conduct charges for blocking traffic at the museum. In Duesseldorf, some 2,000 schoolchildren paraded with a carnival float depicting a giant effigy of Thunberg with the words "Do something about the climate catastrophe at last", written along her raised arms. She hopes Thunberg wins the Nobel Prize because it would send a "powerful" message to leaders around the world to take the climate emergency seriously.

PROTESTER: Theresa May, wherever you are, if you are seeing this, our protest is not a waste of time.

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Earlier, pupils and students in Australia did not come to classes and staged large-scale protests. Thousands of teens in Australia are on strike due to global warming.

The 24-year-old said the global youth climate movement has been driven mainly by those in Western countries.

"As a doctor, I can say it makes a big difference whether you've got a fever of 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) or 43 C (109.4 F)", said Eckart von Hirschhausen, a German scientist who signed the call supporting striking students. Many featured the names of people who have died from natural disasters - the prevalence and intensity of which are being blamed on climate change. In Europe, students packed streets and squares in Paris, Madrid, Rome, Brussels and other cities for the "Fridays for Future" protests. "We are motivated by fear for our future and an unconditional love for our lands and for where we're from".

Dana Fisher, a University of Maryland sociology professor who tracks protest movements and environmental activists, said action could possibly be triggered by "the fact that we're seeing children, some of whom are quite small, talking about the Earth they're going to inherit".

Other signs denounced the use of plastics and oil pipelines.

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