Global Climate Strike Today: Largest On Record?
Today’s global climate strike shows promise of being the largest one on record, ramping up protests before the UN Summit on climate change.
The day of protests started in Australia, where Global News reported that hundreds of thousands of people are leaving school and work to draw attention to climate destruction.
In North America, protests are scheduled around noon, though the ones in New York city have begun earlier than expected. New York city has provided amnesty to students who leave school to join the strike today, giving 1.1 million students the chance to protest without facing educational backlash.
Even some large companies, such as Lush, are closing up shop in solidarity with the climate strikers, encouraging their workers to join in local demonstrations.
The New York Times has recorded large protests in cities around the world, — including Melbourne, Sydney, Narobi, London, Mumbai, and New York.
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Greta Thunberg, The Global Climate Strike & The UN Climate Change Summit
The weekly protests — originally spearheaded by youth activist Greta Thunberg — have come with an increasing sense of urgency as UN Summit on Climate Change to occur Monday draws closer.
Thunberg founded what has since become a worldwide movement when she began skipping school to protest in front of the Swedish government buildings — efforts designed to draw attention to ongoing environmental destruction. The history-making activist will be participating in the UN Climate Change Summit on Monday — a move which calls back to the headline-earning speech she gave at the same UN event in Poland last year.
Will you be joining this or any other strike? Let us know in the comments below!
Tags: climate change, Climate Justice, Environmentalism, Fridays For Future, Greta Thunberg, UN