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Photos show huge climate change protests around the world, which have spread across continents as millions 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 Asia, Africa, and Europe. “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:Student activists participating in a climate strike in Jakarta, Indonesia.Foto: sourceEd Wray/Getty ImagesActivists protest at climate change rally in Bucharest, Romania.Foto: sourceInquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERSActivist Alexandria Villasenor, age 14, takes part of the Climate Strikes in Manhattan, New York.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Shannon StapletonClimate Strike ralliers, guarded by Afghan security forces, in Kabul, Afghanistan.Foto: sourceAP Photo/Ebrahim NorooziYoung Swedish activists join in on the climate strike in Stockholm. Sweden is home to environmental activist and Fridays for Future leader Greta Thunberg.Foto: sourceStina Stjernkvist/TT News Agency/via REUTERSProtesters in Belgium joined the strikes on Friday morning as the protests spread around the world.Foto: Protesters gather at Brussels-North Station with placards as they take part in a Global Climate Strike demonstration on September 20, 2019 in Brussels, BelgiumsourceJack Taylor/Getty ImagesThe protests also 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: sourceJeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesDemonstrations began in South Africa on Friday morning, Here, activists are pictured in Cape Town.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Mike Hutchings Protests are planned across Africa. 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.And protests also started in Nigeria.Foto: A protester smiles during a demonstration for climate protection in Abuja, Nigeria September 20, 2019.sourceREUTERS/Afolabi SotundePeople also demonstrated in Greece.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Alkis KonstantinidisProtesters gathered at monuments in Paris, France.Foto: Students hold placards as they take part in the Fridays for Future climate change action protest in Paris, France, September 20, 2019.sourceREUTERS/Charles PlatiauAnd children also led the protests in Denmark. Here, they’re seen in Copenhagen.Foto: sourceRitzau Scanpix/Nils Meilvang via REUTERS The mayor of Copenhagen signed an open letter along with the mayors of New York, Los Angeles, and Paris to support the strike. “When your house is on fire, somebody needs to sound the alarm. Young people in our cities, displaying incredible maturity and dignity are doing just that,” they wrote. “School children are taking to the streets, drawing attention to the terrifying threat that climate breakdown poses to their future.”In the Philippines, indigenous groups joined the protests in Manila.Foto: sourceAP Photo/Bullit Marquez400 protests have been announced across Germany. Here, people flood the streets of Hamburg.Foto: sourceAxel Heimken/picture alliance via Getty ImagesAnd in Berlin, demonstrators stood with a rope around their necks on blocks of ice in front of the Brandenburg Gate.Foto: sourceTom Weller/picture alliance via Getty ImagesStudents also led protests in Ireland, where around 10,000 people took to the streets of Dublin.Foto: sourceAlex Connolly/The University Times Protests are taking place in four of the country’s cities, as well as other locations across the country.Children in Ukraine brought homemade signs.Foto: sourceSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty ImagesProtesters also gathered in The Netherlands. Here, people are pictured marching in Amsterdam.Foto: sourcePaulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesAnd young people also led the protests in Austria.Foto: Young protesters in Vienna on Friday.sourceREUTERS/Lisi NiesnerThe protests have also reached Kenya, where demonstrators are highlighting damage caused by plastic waste.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Njeri MwangiOrganizers say over 300,000 people took part in the protests across Australia. Here, protesters march in Melbourne.Foto: sourceAsanka Ratnayake/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.School children in New Delhi, India, shouted slogans and held signs as they took part in the protests.Foto: sourceLAURENE BECQUART/AFP/Getty Images The UK’s The Guardian newspaper reported that students blocked roads in New Delhi, chanting: “What do we want? Climate justice.”Schoolchildren in Turkey also demonstrated.Foto: sourceEsra Hacioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesIn Thailand, people protested in front of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Bangkok. They 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 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 ImagesStudents in Instanbul, Turkey join in the strike with placards.Foto: sourceREUTERS/Murad SezerThe post Photos show huge climate change protests around the world, which have spread across continents as millions strike to demand action on climate change appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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