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Photos show huge climate change protests around the world, which have spread across continents as hundreds of thousands strike to demand action on climate change
Millions of people are expected to walk out of school and work on Friday, kicking off a week of protests calling for action to combat climate change. The so-called global climate strike is part of a movement led by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg that has already seen a year of children leaving school to protest. Friday’s protests invite adults to join. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in Australia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Kenya, Germany, the UK, and other countries, and protests are due to continue around the world. Visit Business Insider’s home page for more stories. Millions of people around the world are expected to walk out of school and work on Friday, as part of the global climate strike inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. It is the first of several planned events ahead of and during the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week. The strikes started in Australia on Friday morning, where School Strike 4 Climate, the organizers of the event, say over 300,000 people took part across the country. They are spreading across the planet over the course of today, already reaching Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Germany, Turkey, Kenya, the UK, and many other countries. “This is basically the only way to have our voice heard,” Nishtha Sharma, 17, of Melbourne, Australia told Business Insider. Here’s a look at some of the protests:The protests have kicked off in London, where they are officially supported by the city’s mayor.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Hannah McKay “The Government must see this strike for what it is – a demand for immediate, ambitious action,” Sadiq Khan tweeted.Demonstrators also lined the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. Protests are planned across the UK.Foto: Protesters march and hold placards as they attend the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 in Edinburgh , Scotland.sourceJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images400 protests have been announced across Germany along. Here, people flood the streets of Hamburg.Foto: sourceAxel Heimken/picture alliance via Getty ImagesIn Berlin, demonstrators stood with a rope around their necks on blocks of ice in front o the Brandenburg Gate.Foto: sourceTom Weller/picture alliance via Getty ImagesGreek students and activists also called for action.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis The protests have also reached Kenya, where demonstrators are highlighting damage caused by plastic waste. There are strikes planned across Africa. Foto: sourceREUTERS/Njeri Mwangi According to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, there are plans for protests in at least seven cities in Nigeria, as well as protests in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.Organizers say over 300,000 people took part in the protests across Australia. Here, protesters march in Melbourne.Foto: sourceAsanka Ratnayake/Getty ImagesSchool children in New Delhi, India, shouted slogans and held signs as they took part in the protests.Foto: sourceLAURENE BECQUART/AFP/Getty ImagesSchoolchildren in Turkey are also demonstrating.Foto: sourceEsra Hacioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThis photograph shows a huge crowd in a Sydney park.Foto: sourceKym Chapple It was tweeted by Kym Chapple, a politician for Australia’s Greens Party.The protests are led by school students, who started the movement this year by skipping school on Fridays to call for government action on climate change.Foto: A boy holds up a sign outside Parliament House in Sydney, Australia.sourceRosie Perper/Business Insider The students reject the common criticism that they should be in school. Danielle Porepilliasana, a high school student in Sydney, said: “World leaders from everywhere are telling us that students need to be at school doing work. I’d like to see them at their parliaments doing their jobs for once.”Source: ReutersPeople of all ages — including babies, toddlers, teens, and adults — gathered across the country.Foto: Global Climate Strike protesters are seen at a rally in Brisbane on September 20, 2019 in Brisbane, AustraliasourceRosie Perper/Business Insider “I’m worried about the animals,” 9-year-old Maeve, from Melbourne, told Business Insider. “I’m worried about the ice melting which isn’t very good.” The top 10 carbon emitters in the country also took questions from schoolchildren on Friday.The protests are now spreading across the planet.Foto: Global Climate Strike protesters are seen at a rally in Brisbane on September 20, 2019 in Brisbane, AustraliasourceGlenn Hunt/Getty ImagesIn Thailand, people protested in front of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Bangkok.Foto: sourceLauren DeCicca/Getty ImagesThey staged a “die-in,” an attempt to symbolize the consequences of climate change. They also delivered a letter to the government calling on it to declare a climate emergency and phase out coal.Foto: sourceLauren DeCicca/Getty ImagesStudents gathered on Marovo Island in the Solomon Islands — an island chain close to Papua New Guinea.Foto: source350 PACIFIC/via REUTERS. The Solomon Islands, located in the Pacific, are already experiencing the effects of rising sea levels, flooding, and erosion. Communities have had to relocate on these low-lying islands, and several reef islands have been lost to the sea.Source: The ConversationPeople also protested in Tokyo.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonAnd students gathered in low-lying Bangladesh, calling for political leadership.Foto: sourceAllison Joyce/Getty ImagesAdults also took part in the protest. Here, people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demand action.Foto: School students and protesters gather during a climate strike rally on September 20, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.sourceAllison Joyce/Getty ImagesStudents also took to the streets in Poland. Here are some protesters in Krakow.Foto: sourceOmar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThere was also a protest in Hong Kong.Foto: Protesters hold signs and chant slogans during the Hong Kong Climate Strike rally on September 20, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.sourceChris McGrath/Getty ImagesThe protests have also reached Cyprus.Foto: sourceIAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty ImagesThe post Photos show huge climate change protests around the world, which have spread across continents as hundreds of thousands strike to demand action on climate change appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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