London students to take part in global climate strike on Friday

Australia Thousands march on climate change

Guelph event Friday part of Global Climate Strike

I'm eternally grateful for what they are doing.

Students are calling on Peduto to stand up against the Shell Ethane Cracker construction in Potter Twp.

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg told AFP that she hoped Friday's massive worldwide climate strikes would mark a turning point in persuading leaders to take decisive action on global warming. "These dates in September are only a beginning to the sustained mass mobilization that will be needed to pressure world governments to take action in line with climate science and justice" highlights the official website.

Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a "global climate strike" were held in Australia's largest city, Sydney, and the national capital, Canberra.

Tens of thousands of students are on streets of Australia on Friday demanding action on climate change, local media reported.

Isabella Mahal and Mika Richter are freshmen at Pitt.

He said it is appropriate that young people should speak out and demand that their future is not jeopardised by government inaction.

Danielle Porepilliasana, a Sydney high school student, had a blunt message for politicians such as Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, who told parliament on Thursday that students should stay in class. Students also have the responsibility, however, to be in school and actively participate in their education and we can not allow students to leave school without parental permission.

Australian Council of Trade Unions, which represents labor unions, said it supported employees taking time off work to protest.

The strike was planned to coincide with the gathering of global leaders in New York City this coming week for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.

New York City's public school system has said it will excuse absences for students that participate. Similar rallies were planned for around the world.

But, since it is Friday, have some photos of the best signs from the global strike to lighten the mood. Some held home-made placards with slogans including "Don't be a fossil fool" and "Make our planet Greta again", in a reference Thunberg.

"When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship", the letter said.

WHAT: Join students walking out from schools across Talent & Phoenix at a youth-led rally at Phoenix City Hall where they will demand Gov. Kate Brown take action on climate and support an Oregon Green New Deal.

Smaller protests took place in Asia, from the Philippines to Hong Kong and India.

We'll have more on Friday's protests on the Channel 3 News tonight.

Rallies are planned across New York City, with the largest in Foley Square.

Some businesses are actively supporting their workers to take action, with outdoor clothing company Patagonia closing stores and offices globally, and taking out adverts to support the strikers.

In some countries, including Australia and the United States, climate change policy has become a political football.

As many as a hundred people joined enthusiastic pupils from Western Primary Schools, among others, shouted slogans, made passionate speeches and waved banners near Harrogate's war memorial in the town centre.

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