Young people skipped school and took the streets in more than 100 countries today (March 15), begging leaders for action on climate change.
Reuters reported that the protests were inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 15-year-old Swede who has been just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her climate activism. For the past year she has skipped school on Fridays to protested inaction on climate change in front of the Swedish parliament. The teen also had a notable appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year, urging leaders to increase their understanding of the existential consequences of climate change. “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And act as if your house is on fire. Because it is,” she said.
Inspired by her example, students around the world left school and made their voices heard. Here is a selection of showcasing their energy and urgency:
Greta Thunberg and her sister Beata participate in the “Global Strike for Future” demonstration in central Stockholm.
Protestors gather in central Stockholm.
Hundreds of schoolchildren protest in Hong Kong.
Adults stand in solidarity with Indian students in Hyderabad, India.
Students hold placards and banners as they participate in the climate protest in New Delhi, India.
Students make their voices heard in Cape Town, South Africa.
Protesting outside the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa.
Demonstrators in Vienna, Austria.
Students protest in Berlin.
A carnival float depicts Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg in Dusseldorf.
Students gather in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier in Rome.
Protesters in front of the Duomo in Milan.
Students shout slogans during a rally at Monastiraki square in central Athens.
Students protest in London.
Demonstrators in Brighton, England.
Participants gather in Zurich, Switzerland.
Protestors in Zurich.
Protestors fill the streets in central Brussels.
Students crowd a street in Lisbon.
A group of demonstrators in Paris.
Students demonstrate in Paris.
A protest in Nantes.
Young demonstrators are seen next to the Finnish Parliment in Helsinki.
Young demonstrators join the International Youth Climate Strike event at the Capitol in Washington
Students hold placards in New York.
Demonstrating in New York.
Students march to Market Street in San Francisco.
Thousands of students from across Sydney rally at Town Hall in Sydney.
Students protest in Brisbane.
Protests in Canberra.
Students outside New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington.
South Korean students in central Seoul.
Demonstrators in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
Students demand global action on climate change in Sao Paolo.