Young people and indigenous groups around the world lead strike action on climate change

Young people demanding action for climate change in Sydney, Australia
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

People all over the world are striking today to demand action for climate change. Tweets using the hashtag #climatestrike show huge crowds gathering in major cities around the world:

Young people at the forefront

Taking inspiration from activist Greta Thunberg’s call for action, many protesters are young people striking to demand action for their future. With an array of creative placards and banners, young people everywhere have been at the forefront of protests today. Many have missed school and university classes to show their support for climate action:

Indigenous groups

Moreover, people have called attention to the ongoing role of indigenous tribes and people in promoting sustainable living and preserving the planet:

Many are emphasising the importance of protecting indigenous rights and centring the voices of indigenous groups in the movement to address climate change:

With the UN climate summit scheduled to take place on Monday 23 September, the scale of these protests sends a powerful message. We have reached a point where inaction is no longer an option. Capitalism continues to be the biggest cause of climate change, but world leaders motivated by profit have been slow to action. Let’s hope, in the face of pressure from younger generations, they finally sit up and take notice.

Featured image via YouTube/ Nine News Australia

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    1. These young people are the articulate transformation we need for a rethink of our relationship to the planet. What an amazing protest.
      There is still a coup going on however, and its going to get interesting observing them cling to their rusty dysfuntional levers.

    2. All these kids bunking off school for the day and on a jolly in a UK Indian summer sunshine ‘green protest thingy day’ will return to their schools that don’t have any strict recycling policy whatsoever. Yes, they chuck the odd piece of waste paper into a school ‘paper bin’ – that’s all. Schools throughout the UK should be ashamed for their lack of a distinctive and strict recycling regime where the minutest of waste is identified and separated to its selected waste disposal point for further collection by a local authority to deal with. As a former teacher I was forever frustrated to see school dinner waste thrown into one dinner-hall receptacle that took plastic, paper, foil and any old ‘chuck-it-in-this-bin-waste’. I have complained to Mayor Khan about ‘school waste’. He returned an answer via a flunky in so many words “Nothing to do with me pal”.

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