Today, Friday 15th March, tens of thousands of students worldwide will be leaving class and taking to the streets to demand that elected officials act about climate change.
The global climate strike on March 15 is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement, which has been active around the world for months.
It began with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist who has just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In August 2018 Thunberg, started skipping school on Fridays to protest outside Sweden’s parliament.
Her protests have inspired thousands of young people around the world. Students in countries including Australia, Thailand, Uganda and the United Kingdom have already skipped school to demand that their governments act against climate change.
Students in more than 90 countries and more than 1,200 cities around the world plan to join the strike in what could be one of the largest environmental protests in history. The demands of students vary from country to country, but one common thread among them is that countries cut greenhouse gas emissions.