ME students join in global protest over inaction on climate change

Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday

Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday

"Climate change is an alarm clock that's been going off, ignored by those in power for years", she said.

Schoolchildren in Cambridge have set up an eco-council to work together to learn about, and find solutions to, the climate and ecological crisis.

And Germany´s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said students should be in school - even as crowds of youngsters took to the streets across the country.

Inspired by the tireless campaigning of 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youth-led movement for climate action quickly went global as students began walking out of class each Friday to pressure their political leaders.

The student "strikes" and other events were scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries, spanning from Australia to France to the United States, with some students protesting outside of their schools to others marching in the streets.

Australia, itself no stranger to forest fires exacerbated by rising temperatures, is one of many nations to have emulated Thunberg's protests.

Protesters including the Raging Grannies, as well Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and high school students from the Portland Youth Climate Council, gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday, March 13, to oppose the expansion of Zenith Terminals, which could increase the number of oil trains moving through Portland. "But obviously as teachers they're not allowed to condone us striking school".

Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday
Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday

Carla Reemtsma, a 20-year-old student who helped organize the protest in Berlin, said she's part of about 50 WhatsApp groups devoted to discussing climate change.

OR youth have an established history of climate activism.

"We want our government to understand that there is no planet B", says Rand Abounahia, another one of the strike organizers.

"That's why they need our support", he said. I am anxious that there will be more tornadoes, droughts, floods and extreme weather events. "If no one wants to fight for me, I'm going to have to fight for myself". "Why study for a future, which may not be there?" the #FridaysForFuture website reads. Failure to act, authors cautioned, will result in dire and irreversible consequences for both the environment and the world's population.

"There's no time to stand by and wait for the bold action we need", Fareha added.

In Utah County, students from Mountain View, Timpview, Timpanogos, Orem and Skyridge high schools plan to host a Youth Climate Strike on the steps of the Provo Historic Courthouse Friday.

Supporting the kids: The 62-year-old wrote on Instagram: "You know the world has changed coz (sic) we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were amazing". "It's imperative that leaders and legislators in this Capitol recognize our deep concern for climate change".

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