Students across the world will skip school to take a stand on the issue of climate change today, March 15. According to Reuters, students from at least 40 countries are expected to walk out of their classrooms and take matters into their own hands by participating in what has become known as the “school strikes” against climate change inaction. Latest reports have confirmed that the strike has already begun in many countries. This is expected to be the largest and most international demonstrations yet.
— Anna (@wellywoodanna) March 14, 2019
— Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) March 15, 2019
“March 15 is going to make history,” 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor, a co-founder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, tells TIME. “There has never been a global day of
climate action where students around the world are taking action for the same exact cause.” Students from across the world including China, Uganda, New Zealand, and Chile have already started their protests.
#GlobalStrike in Delhi
— John Paul Jose (@johnpauljos) March 15, 2019
Gathered outside the United Nations University in Tokyo are more than 70 people, including school and university students and their supporters as part of the global climate strike.
This movement was inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, 16, who has been striking from August on every Fridays outside the Swedish parliament building. She began striking alone outside the parliament which grew and now has become a worldwide movement. This will be her 30th week of action. Yesterday it was revealed that she is one of 301 nominees for the Noble peace prize this year.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 15, 2019
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— School Strike 4 Climate (@StrikeClimate) March 15, 2019
— Alana in Wonderland (@RossiterAlana) March 15, 2019
— WildAid Hong Kong (@WildAidHK) March 15, 2019