Greta Thunberg hopes climate strikes will be 'social tipping point'


Steven (left), a 16-year-old high school student, traveled from Queens to the Global Climate Strike in Manhattan on September 20.

"Our big message is this is something that needs to change now".

"I stand in support of the global #climatestrike today".

"I want to do anything I can as a 16-year-old to help make the change now before it's too late", Madison High School junior Miles Anderson said.

The strikes are part of the Global Climate Strike, which is already one of the largest environmental protests in history.

Dozens rallied in Public Square, carrying signs demanding action on climate change.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, attends an interview with AP before the Climate Strike, at City Hall, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in NY.

Guterres credited young activists for their work in highlighting the challenge of climate change and urged them to continue their struggle.

Friday's marches, in cities from NY to London and Johannesburg to New Delhi, had been expected to be the largest climate change protests yet, spurred partly by adding adults to the past year's mainly youth-led mobilizations. Emissions from these fuels have always been associated boosting atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and contributing to rising temperatures around the planet.

"This is what people power looks like", she said, before ending the speech with a word for those "who feel threatened by us".

Protesters at the youth climate strike at Boston City Hall Plaza
Protesters at the youth climate strike at Boston City Hall Plaza

Togami and 32 students at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro Unified joined thousands of students, teachers, parents, administrators and other community members from around the Bay Area in a strike against climate change in San Francisco. And a quarter of the poll respondents said they have participated in a school walk-out, a rally or contacted a government official on the issue. "Greta!" resounding around New York's Battery Park.

"Developing countries like Ghana are the most affected".

"I don't see a reason to not listen to the science", Thunberg told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Global warming caused by greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels has led to droughts and heatwaves, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and floods, scientists say.

The global movement comes just three days before the UN Climate Action Summit in NY, where global leaders will be discussing the climate change crisis and how to reduce climate disruption. Many of them said they did the same years ago.

But restricting further rise in global-temperature average hinges on global action, which has been in short supply.

"Because if we don't do it, then when I grow up and he grows up we won't have a very nice place to live in and we'll have to clean up what these people made", said Will.

With the planet's climate showing signs of reaching unsafe tipping points, but politicians failing to act on them, "what else are we going to do?" he asked.

In Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, a group of young people took part in the global climate protest - but added their own twist.

Indigenous peoples are also on the front lines to address the climate crisis, and must now unite with the fledging student and youth movement sweeping across the globe, says a prominent Diné climate activist. "In India, the movement began in cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi and has spread to 25 cities and this week, there are protests in as many as 129 cities and towns in the country".

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