Students call for climate change action in nationwide protests

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The protest itself took place at 11am, a large turnout of students from both Stoke and Keele universities, colleges and school choosing to attend.

More strikes will be planned if the students don't see the action they want from the government. That figure is even higher among young people, with 60% of 18-34 year olds backing the movement.

Students in Hong Kong carried signs reading "There's no planet B" and "You're destroying our future", as they joined in the worldwide protests. The strikes began after 16-year-old Greta Thunberg demonstrated in front of the Sweden Parliament every Friday last year.

Hundreds of students and teachers from across Victoria are staging a walkout Friday as part of a global protest against climate change.

"Today you are hearing from children all over the world", teen activist Alexandria Villasenor told a crowd at the New York City climate strike protests.

PROTESTER 2: She's wasting our time by not acting now.

"It won't be successful until the world leaders take some action", Villasenor said. Right from NY to New Delhi, and Cape Town to Seoul, students were out on the streets calling for more action to mitigate climate change.

- In Paris, teenagers thronged the cobblestoned streets around the domed Pantheon building. "People did die, are dying and will die because of it, but we can and will stop this madness".

The march was to end with a demonstration outside Chancellor Angela Merkel's office.

Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon
David L. Ryan Globe Staff Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon

Other changes needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions include ramping up renewable energy production, reining in over-consumption culture now spreading beyond the industrialised West and changing diets, experts say.

Young demonstrators hold placards as they protest around the Queen Victoria Memorial (QVM) during the "Global Strike 4 Climate" protest march, outside of Buckingham Palace in central London on March 15, 2019. The students say that their governments have failed future generations by not cutting emissions and curbing global warming.

With more than 1,000 Instagram followers between them, Grade 12 students Marisa McLean and Sofia Machado took the lead on spreading the word at Elphinstone.

In Australia, Education Minister Dan Tehan questioned whether the protests truly represented a grassroots movement. The country is vulnerable to rising sea levels and rapid desertification.

Some politicians praised the students.

The movement inspired the United Nations Secretary General to call a UN summit in September. Physical advertising such as posters were later displayed in areas younger people were expected to see them, to attract an audience. "No wonder they are angry".

In Stockholm, Thunberg predicted that students won't let up their climate protests.

"Imagine being a child and suddenly realizing your prospects in life have been potentially irreversibly compromised by the adult world's refusal to take action on the climate crisis", said Green party Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.

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