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Students around the world begin climate change walkout

15 March 2019, 03:27 | Glen Norman

Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday

Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday

The movement is just one of dozens that will happen around the world, inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has been holding weekly protests in front of Sweden's parliament since August 2018.

"When I saw that (Fridays for Future) was planning to have an inaugural protest in the USA on March 15th, I sent out a message to a few friends to see if they wanted to organize a student strike in Bellingham", Gardner said in an email. Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action.

Organizers expect anywhere from a few hundred a few thousand students could converge on Portland's City Hall to march, speak and ask leaders to support legislation to fight climate change.

Many carried signs with messages in English reading "Youth4Climate", "School Strike", "There is no Planet B", "The oceans are rising and so are we" and "I do not want to clean up after my parents".

Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday
Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday

The Beijer sisters have been going to climate change rallies with their mom since they learnt how to walk - but it was only after watching Thunberg did Mia Beijer, 15, think someone her age could lead the dialogue.

On Thursday Greta Thunberg's campaigning earned her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struck a different tone.

This is the second global youth strike, with the first one taking place on February 15, 2019.

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"My parents came from Bangladesh which is a country severely affected by climate change", she says.

Morning rain cleared in time for the masses to come together at 12.30pm, all with the same objective - to support an global movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet.

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", Thunberg told the global ruling class in Davos in January.

"We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis", according to the Youth Climate Strike's website.

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"Both the flooding rains and the droughts have gotten worse through the effects of climate change, and it's easier to talk to people about climate change when they have experienced it", she says.

UK youth strikes are being organised by a number of organisations including Youth Strike 4 Climate, UK Student Climate Network and the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

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