High school students around the world took to the streets for a global #ClimateStrike to protest the inaction of political leaders to address what they see as the biggest threat to their lives. These students have lived through extreme weather conditions, from heat-waves, wildfires, floods and excessive cold snaps just in the last few years. By the time they are old enough to affect policy, they say it will be too late.
According to 350.org, an organization believing in a safe climate and better future, over one million students attended a strike today. Seventy percent of Americans now accept that climate change is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by a 5 to 1 ratio, according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and halt climate change. She has been protesting outside her parliament every Friday since August 2018. This year, three Norwegian lawmakers nominated her a Nobel prize. The fifteen-year-old has been credited as the inspiration for the global student strike, a movement she says was inspired by the Parkland students who organized the March for Our Lives aimed at addressing gun violence in schools across America.
"Denial is not a policy"
Students in 100+ countries are protesting for action on climate change, inspired by #ClimateStrike protests started by teen activist Greta Thunberg.
🌍 Cape Town, South Africa
🌎 Ottawa, Canada
🌏 New Delhi, India
🌎 Suchitoto, El Salvador pic.twitter.com/3UBhLdpa3D
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 15, 2019