Hordes of children took to the streets en mass in cities and towns around the world on Friday for an international protest demanding action on climate change. From San Francisco to New York City, London to Berlin, Sydney to Melbourne, Friday's Global Climate Strike is slated to happen in more than 4,500 locations spread across 120 countries. Indeed, photos of kids on Climate Strike show just how impassioned these young activists are.
In Australia, one of the first countries to kick of Friday's Global Climate Strike, some 300,000 strikers are estimated to have taken to the streets in more than 110 cities, including Melbourne and Sydney, according to School Strike 4 Climate. In London, NBC News reported that thousands of strikers gathered outside the House of Parliament to demand a U.K. leaders "save our planet." In India, a country well-known for its air pollution, dozens of students are reported to have marched in New Dehli, according to NBC News.
Many of the youth striking today have been inspired and energized into activism by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who Vox reported has been skipping school every Friday to protest policymakers' inaction on climate change outside Swedish Parliament since August 2018. And while the Global Climate Strike is certainly a youth-led movement, kids haven't been the only ones on strike. Parents, educators, environmental organizations, various tech and business company employees, and even some politicians have all joined in the Global Climate Strike to amplify young activists' voices and send world leaders a unified message: the time for climate action is now.
"We young people are building this up," Thunberg recently told Teen Vogue about the global climate change protests. "[Adults] always say they have listened to us, so this is a chance for them to prove it."