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US Climate strike: Students protest in San Francisco, Chicago, New York

19:30  20 september  2019
19:30  20 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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High school students concerned about climate change will walk out of school Friday to join Global Climate Strike marches. Organizers said protesters would be turning out in 156 countries from such disparate locations as Nepal, Senegal, Quebec, Rome, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden, Bolivia and Peru.

Authorities in New York City have announced that its student population of 1.1 million is able Dulce Belen Ceballos Arias, an 18-year-old from San Francisco , said she will be striking because “I want A parallel protest will take part in New York , highlighting the impact of the climate crisis on people of

Hundreds of thousands of protesters — from Australia to Thailand to London — joined Global Climate Strike marches and rallies worldwide Friday to express their concern about climate change.

While supporters of all ages are turning out, the day was billed as a walkout by high school students to call on world leaders to step up their efforts against carbon emissions and other environmental issues.

In the U.S., New York City's 1.1 million school students were excused from class to participate in the strike protests. In Washington, D.C., thousands of students marched to Capitol Hill for a rally and speeches.

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The protests were timed to begin a week of activism at the United Nations, including a Youth Climate Summit on Saturday and a U.N. Climate Action Summit on Monday. A second worldwide walkout called Earth Strike is planned for Sept. 27.

"Our house is on fire — let’s act like it," the slogan on Global Climate Strike's website says. "We demand climate justice for everyone."

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Thousands of students like me are protesting today. We know that we can’t solve the climate crisis without addressing the root causes of oppression. Students taking part in a climate change protest in Germany, earlier this year.CreditCreditFilip Singer/EPA, via Shutterstock. I’m 17 years old, and I’ve

More than 100,000 protested in Melbourne, in what organizers said was the largest climate action in the country’s history. An early test of the student protests will come on Monday when world leaders assemble at United Nations headquarters to demonstrate what they are willing to do to avert a crisis.

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Isabella Johnson, the high school senior who organized a Chicago rally, tells USA TODAY that her goal is to pressure politicians to combat the climate crisis, particularly by passing a proposed bill in the Illinois legislation for a Clean Energy Jobs Act.

"I want this country's leaders to realize that the youth will not back down, we will strike and strike and strike until they take action," she says. "And if they refuse to take action that would ensure my generation a healthy future, then we will vote them out of office first chance we get."

A look at what's happening around the world

a group of people standing in front of a crowd© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. As rallies began in the Pacific at sunrise and circled the globe, organizers estimated that more than 300,000 demonstrators turned out on Australian streets, including Australia's largest city, Sidney, and the capital, Canberra.

The demonstrators called on Australia, which is the world’s largest exporter of coal and liquid natural gas, to take more drastic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia’s acting prime minister, however, called such climate rallies “just a disruption” that should have been held on a weekend to avoid inconveniencing communities.

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A Minnesota student is drawing attention to her school’s lunch options. And a mom surprises her In the United States, rallies were planned in cities including New York , Boston, San Francisco , Seattle, Chicago The Global Climate Strike was inspired by Swedish high school student Greta Thunberg.

In New York City , students chanted In San Francisco , hundreds of students disrupted downtown traffic as they marched from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to Sen. Students across the globe to skip school for climate change strike . Later, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was

Organizers said protesters would be turning out in 156 countries from such disparate locations as Nepal, Senegal, Quebec, Rome, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden, Bolivia and Peru:

• In New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, dozens of students and environmental activists chanted “We want climate action” and “I want to breathe clean” at a rally outside the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

• In Bangkok, hundreds of people marched in Thailand’s capital and staged a “die-in” outside the Ministry of Natural Resources to demand the government declare a climate emergency, ban coal energy by 2025 and completely replace fossil fuel energy with renewable energy by 2040.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters march through Brussels with placards as they take part in a Global Climate Strike demonstration on Sept. 20, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.© Jack Taylor, Getty Images Protesters march through Brussels with placards as they take part in a Global Climate Strike demonstration on Sept. 20, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.

• In Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, thousands of students turned out to demand more efforts to fight global warning. To mark the day, Poland’s president Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda helped remove trash from a forest.

• In Prague, protesters gathered in the Czech Republic's downtown Old Town Square, waving numerous banners that read “More love, less coal,” “Science, not silence,” or “Why should we go to universities when they don’t listen to the educated?” before marching through the city.

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Thousands of New York City students protested at locations including Columbus Circle, City Hall, the American Museum of Natural History and a football field — In Washington, protesters spoke in front of a banner saying “We don’t want to die.” — In San Francisco , 1,000 demonstrators descended on

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• In Kabul, the capital of war-ravaged Afghanistan, a young generation, worried that if war doesn’t kill them climate change will, took part in the global climate strike. About 100 young people, with several women in the front carrying a banner emblazoned with “Fridays for future", marched through central Kabul. They followed behind an armored personnel carrier deployed for their protection.

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•Thousands of school students and adults gathered outside the British Parliament in London to demand “climate justice.” There were also rallies in U.K. cities including Birmingham, Glasgow and Belfast. Some demonstrators held home-made placards with slogans including “Don’t be a fossil fool.”

The British government said it endorsed the protesters’ message, but didn’t condone skipping school.

Students march in the US

Though billed as a walkout, many public schools backed the effort as a civic exercise and learning exercise.

Chicago Public Schools said it sought to "respect and support our students’ desire to voice their opinions and participate in the wider conversations taking place about important social issues."

CPS allowed students to join the march but said they would receive an unexcused absence if they didn’t return to class afterward, according to a letter sent to principals earlier this week.

Individual strikes were being organized by young people in their own towns and cities, similar to last year's national school walkouts aimed at combating gun violence.

In Washington, students planned to gather off Pennsylvania Avenue for a march to Capitol Hill. U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, sponsor of the ambitious Green New Deal resolution that lays out goals and aspirations for tackling climate change, was scheduled to address the marchers.

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Students in the New York public school system are delighted that they can skip classes this coming Friday to participate in the Global Climate Strike . The school board stated on Twitter (and elsewhere) that it will "excuse absences of students participating in the climate strike on Friday 9/20.

In New York, crowds planned to rally in downtown Manhattan at noon to hear from young climate activists.

In San Francisco, organizers said their march would start at the local office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who represents the area.

It’s not just students who are protesting. Susan Sattell, 59, a mother and member of participating organization Extinction Rebellion, planned to strike Friday. She said she joined the group after reading a United Nations report on species extinction this past May.

“I overheard my daughter Emily and her friend talking about the report. They were counting, and her friend said ‘Wow, we’ll be 24 when extinction starts.’ And my daughter said, ‘that’s pretty old, but I want to live longer than that,’” Sattell said.

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Inspired by Greta Thunberg

The face of the worldwide effort is Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, who came to New York on a solar-powered sailboat to attend the strike in New York City and then the summit.

While Thunberg is not the organizer, she is a major motivating force. She gave the global movement a push starting in August 2018 when she began skipping school on Fridays to stand outside the Swedish parliament holding a sign protesting inaction on climate change.

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She has also met with Pope Francis who, she said, expressed support for the climate protests and has addressed the European Parliament.

“I want to make you panic, I want you to act as if your house was on fire,” Thunberg told European lawmakers. “A lot of politicians have told me that panicking does not do any good. I agree, but when your house is on fire and you want to prevent it from collapsing, it is better to panic a little.”

In a worldwide walkout in March, Thunberg said over 1 million people took part in 125 countries, citing numbers from climate action group 350.org.

Thunberg was in Washington to demonstrate in front of the White House and to testify before Congress. She also grabbed a meeting with former president Barack Obama, who ended the session with a fist bump.

Organizations backing Friday's events include Fridays for Future, Zero Hour, National Children's Campaign, OneMillionOfUs and 350.org.

In Chicago, ahead of the main march, several labor groups rallied outside Amazon's downtown offices in support of Amazon workers who planned to walk off the job to demand Amazon take action against climate change. Employees at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle also planned to walk out Friday.

Dozens of protesters, led by Warehouse Workers For Justice and Sunrise Movement Chicago, held signs and chanted “Fossil fuels have got to go” and “Amazon’s a big polluter, do your part to save our future.” They also planned to join the city’s larger climate strike.

The protest, which was planned days ago, comes one day after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a new plan for the company to tackle climate change.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Climate strike: Students protest in San Francisco, Chicago, New York

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