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Meet The Leaders Of Massachusetts' Youth Climate Strike

Meet The Leaders Of Massachusetts' Youth Climate Strike

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old whose protests outside the Swedish parliament spurred a massive global movement of young people striking from school to demand bold action on the climate crisis, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"That's why they need our support", he said.

Video footage shows the moment students on strike over climate change brought central London to a standstill as they marched through through Westminster. We hope you'll join us. Failure to act, authors cautioned, will result in dire and irreversible consequences for both the environment and the world's population.

"This strike is important to us because we are the future generation who has to bear the burden of inaction if our current government doesn't do anything to address the damage humans are causing to the earth and the atmosphere".

"I think it's incredible to see that hundreds of thousands of children all around the world are realising that we are facing an existential climate crisis and are fighting for their future, making their voices heard, and saying why should we go to school and study for a future that may not exist anymore".

In Denver, 12 year-old Haven Coleman is a co-founder and co-director of the organization planning the first school strikes in the U.S. "You get the feeling of this isn't okay - we can't sit and do nothing".

Many cited a 2018 United Nations report on climate change calling for "rapid and far-reaching" changes to slow global warming in the coming years.

Students were protesting around the globe all with the same purpose – to support an international movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet
Main Msida-Valletta Road To Close This Friday As Students Strike And March Against Climate Change

The concept of a climate strike was popularized by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has skipped school every Friday to strike outside the Swedish Parliament building.

"We should be incredibly grateful and appreciative of their bravery", said Quaschning, one of more than 14,000 German-speaking scientists to sign a letter of support this week.

Organizer Brendan Gardner, a junior at Bellingham High, said the Youth Climate Strike is modeled after Extinction Rebellion in Britain and Fridays for Future in Sweden, which started last summer.

"We've come out for the same reason as last time". By that count, we're now down to 11 years.

What are the school protests?

Prime Minister Theresa May says that kids should be in school, so that they can make a difference when they grow up, but the average age of an MP is 50. "This isn't a distant issue, it's something that's going to have very severe influence on us in the near future".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have publicly welcomed the student protests, even as their policies have been criticized as too limited by environmental activists.

"As long as they are safe and their parents know where they are and they are marching or protesting in a respectful way, in a responsible way, I think that is fine".

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