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WorldGlobal Climate Strike: Record number of students walk out

17:40  24 may  2019
17:40  24 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Global Climate Strike: Record number of students walk out© INA FASSBENDER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Youth activists take part in the Global Climate Strike on May 24, 2019 in Cologne, western Germany.

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Up to 1.4 million children around the world took part in a global climate strike on Friday to demand world leaders do more to address the dangers of climate .

Students around the world go on climate strike – video. Today’s strike in WA also comes after the state’s Department of Education confirmed to Guardian Australia it had “automatically” blocked all access to schoolstrike4 climate .com – the movement’s main organising site.

Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's weekly protests, the global youth climate movement has swept the globe in recent months.

The protests on Friday started in New Zealand and Australia, which recently experienced its hottest summer on record.

Strikes are planned in countries across every continent, from Nepal to Nigeria.

Jake Woodier of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) told CNN that tens of thousands of students were taking part in 120 strikes across the UK, from Cornwall to Scotland.

"Since March we have witnessed an entire narrative shift around climate breakdown. The climate crisis has been driven right to the top of the agenda and politicians and the media are starting to at least have conversations about the need for action," he said.

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The School strike for climate (also known variously as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate ) is an international movement of school students who are deciding not to attend

The Paris climate agreement of 2017 committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperatures "well Australia's Education Minister Dan Tehan said " students leaving school during school hours to protest is not Image caption Hong Kong: Students protested outside the main government offices.

"The UK government is dragging its heels on climate action," Woodier said.

The UK is the first country in the world to declare a climate emergency and is a signatory of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which calls on countries to reduce their carbon output and halt global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Earlier this month, climate experts urged the UK government to slash greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Ahead of the Global Climate Strike in March, youth activists told CNN about their personal experiences of climate change -- ranging from wildfires in California to rising sea levels in Mauritius.

13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor, who leads the climate movement in the United States, told CNN, "I'm upset with how world leaders are treating the climate crisis. [The youth] need to make sure that people in power start taking action because we don't have time to wait until we can."

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