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WorldStudents worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

09:07  15 march  2019
09:07  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

School climate strikes: Why kids around the world plan to skip school on March 15

School climate strikes: Why kids around the world plan to skip school on March 15 Tens of thousands of students worldwide plan to skip school Friday and demand that elected officials act against climate change.

School strike for climate , also known in various regions as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate or Youth Strike 4 Climate , is a growing international movement of pupils and students who are deciding

Thousands of students have skipped school in Belgium to join a march demanding greater action on climate change. About 12,500 young people took part in Thursday's protest in Brussels. They have vowed to return to demonstrate every week until world leaders take notice.

Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate© The Associated Press Several thousand schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Bergen, Norway, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Students in more than 1,000 cities worldwide are planning to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. The coordinated ‘school strike’ was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (Marit Hommedal/ NTB scanpix via AP)

BERLIN — They're angry at their elders, and they're not taking it sitting down.

Students worldwide are planning to skip class Friday and take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming.

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Students in countries including Australia, Thailand, Uganda and the United Kingdom have already skipped school to demand that their governments act against climate change. Students in more than 90 countries and more than 1,200 cities around the world plan to join the strike in what could be one

Thousands of students streamed out of schools across Europe on Friday, waving placards and carrying banners as they marched as part of a coordinated walkout to demand action on climate change.

The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.

Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, driven by social media-savvy students and dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change.

Thunberg, who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was cheered for her blunt message to leaders at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this year, when she told them: "I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day."

Friday's rallies are expected to be one of the biggest international actions yet. A website coordinating the protests lists events in more than 100 countries, from New Zealand to the United States.

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Students in more than 90 countries and more than 1,200 cities around the world plan to join the strike in what could be one of the largest A group of more than 100 US-based climate scientists released a letter last week in support of the US strike, saying that students ’ demands for immediate action on

The demands of students vary from country to country, but one common thread among them is that countries cut greenhouse gas emissions. This story was first published on CNN.com, "Kids around the world plan to skip school this Friday to demand action on climate change."

Some politicians have criticized the students, suggesting they should be spending their time in school, not on the streets.

"One can't expect children and young people to see all of the global connections, what's technically reasonable and economically possible," said the head of Germany's pro-business Free Democratic Party, Christian Lindner. "That's a matter for professionals."

But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany.

"We are the professionals and we're saying the young generation is right," said Volker Quaschning, a professor of engineering at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences.

"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. "Because in a sense, it's incredibly brave not to go to school for once."

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We call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. “We stand in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and all youth strikers worldwide as we demand action on this issue,” they wrote. “We are running out of time, and we won’t be silent any

Image caption Thousands of students have been skipping school in Belgium to demand action . Holly is part of a much wider global movement, known as Schools 4 Climate Action . It began with 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg skipping class to sit outside government buildings in September

Scientists have warned for decades that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are unsustainable, so far with little effect. In 2015, world leaders agreed in Paris to a goal of keeping the Earth's global temperature rise by the end of the century well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Yet at present, the world is on track for an increase of 4 degrees Celsius, which experts say would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet.

"As a doctor, I can say it makes a big difference whether you've got a fever of 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) or 43 C (109.4 F)," said Eckart von Hirschhausen, a German scientist who signed the call supporting striking students. "One of those is compatible with life, the other isn't."

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.

In France, activist groups launched legal action this week for failing to do enough to fight climate change, citing a similar successful effort in the Netherlands .

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Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. The action was part of a much wider global movement, known as Schools 4 Climate Action . 'I skip school to demand climate change action '.

Thousands of students have skipped school in Belgium to join a march demanding greater action on climate change. About 12,500 young people took part in Thursday's protest in Brussels. They have vowed to return to demonstrate every week until world leaders take notice.

In Germany, environmental groups and experts have attacked government plans to continue using coal and natural gas for decades to come. Activists say that countries like Germany should fully "decarbonize" by 2040, giving less-advanced nations a bit more time to wean themselves off fossil fuels while still meeting the Paris goal globally.

Other changes needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions include ramping up renewable energy production, reigning in over-consumption culture now spreading beyond the industrialized West and changing diets, experts say.

"The fight against climate change is going to be uncomfortable, in parts, and we need to have a society-wide discussion about this," said Quaschning.

That conversation is likely to get louder, with several U.S. presidential hopefuls planning to campaign on climate change.

Luisa Neubauer, one of the Berlin group organizing Fridays for Future, said politicians should take note of the young.

"For the European elections in May, we're urging everyone to think about whether they want to give their vote to a party that doesn't have a plan for the future and the climate," she said.

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