Thousands of schoolchildren in Australia and New Zealand have kicked off the global Fridays for Future protest, demanding global leaders take action on climate change. The protest movement has now spread across the world, with walkouts being held in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and today the U.S., as well as more than 100 other countries across the globe.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen showed up at a protest in Copenhagen and tweeted Friday "we must listen to the youth".
This was one of countless youth "climate strikes" organized by high and middle school students around the world Friday, in solidarity with a global movement that has steadily gained traction in recent months.
The 62-year-old captioned the photo set: 'You know the world has changed coz (sic) we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were incredible'.
"As a doctor, I can say it makes a big difference whether you've got a fever of 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) or 43 C (109.4 F)", said Eckart von Hirschhausen, a German scientist who signed the call supporting striking students.
"The main thing we want people to realise is that we are not only asking the Hong Kong government to do more, it is also people themselves who need to do more", said Zara Campion, 17, co-organiser of the strike.
And it is not just the politicians that the young people striking today are taking aim it. Last September, she began a solo protest outside of the Swedish Parliament that led to her heading a climate change march of thousands of students through Brussels.
National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Past winners in the environmental space include William D. Nordhaus, Al Gore, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
"Imagine being a child and suddenly realizing your prospects in life have been potentially irreversibly compromised by the adult world's refusal to take action on the climate crisis", said Green party Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Supporting the kids: The 62-year-old wrote on Instagram: "You know the world has changed coz (sic) we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were amazing".
"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict", parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard said.
The Moncton protesters spent about two hours marching and chanting "We are the future".
- Police in Vienna said about 10,000 students rallied in the Austrian capital, while in neighboring Switzerland a similar number protested in the western city of Lausanne. "Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?"