Students to take calls for climate acton to the street

Students gather at Portland City Hall for a strike over a lack of action on climate change on Friday. Such groups worldwide are following the lead of a 16-year-old Swedish girl who skipped school for three weeks to protest in front of Sweden’s parliamen

With strikes planned in at least 168 US cities and towns here, mostly progressive communities, a handful of them like that set up by Kerr stand out for taking place deep in oil country.

Holly Gillibrand, 13, has been taking similar action at Fort William's Lochaber High School since January.

The young people who took to the streets today are dismayed - but not surprised - by the inaction of their elders.

Around 60 students protested at Thailand's government house in Bangkok, holding cardboard signs to campaign against plastic waste.

Hamilton said the climate crisis is the No. 1 threat the planet is facing, and it needs to be addressed if there is to ever be peace.

He and other student speakers pressed for urgent action on climate change, on both global and local scales.

"Today you are hearing from children all over the world", teen activist Alexandria Villasenor told a crowd at the New York City climate strike protests. For proof, just look at 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg. In Duesseldorf, some 2,000 schoolchildren paraded with a carnival float depicting a giant effigy of Thunberg with "Do something about the climate catastrophe at last" written on her raised arms.

Speakers at the rally said the environment should be a top priority for world leaders right now.

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- "Now or Never" was among signs brandished by teenagers thronging cobblestoned streets around the domed Pantheon building which rises above the Left Bank in Paris. "People did die, are dying and will die because of it, but we can and will stop this madness".

According to the MA group's Facebook page, strikers are calling for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, teamwork from world leaders to ensure global warming remains below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and implementation of the Green New Deal, a decadelong plan proposed by lawmakers. Protester Alma Nabatian, a 10-year-old in fifth grade, says it's time for action on climate change now. Experts say Africa, with more than 1 billion people, is expected to be hardest hit by global warming even though it contributes least to greenhouse gas emissions.

Thousands of students in the United Kingdom are taking part, with strikes in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. Science! When do we want it? In Europe, students marched in Lisbon, Vienna, Rome and Copenhagen, among other cities. Some carried banners that read "Make Love, Not CO2".

Earlier, pupils and students in Australia did not come to classes and staged large-scale protests.

"We'll have more hurricanes, we'll have rising sea levels", said one boy.

Some politicians praised the students.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres offered his strongest support yet for the strikes, "Without ambitious action, the Paris agreement is meaningless".

Oklahoma ranks fourth among all 50 states for oil production, whose burning is blamed for climate change.

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