On May 24, millions of young people and students across the world participated in the global climate strike demanding concrete action from the authorities to tackle global climate change. According to reports, more than 1.4 million young people participated in the strike in 1,600 cities and towns of more than 125 countries across the world.
The first protests on Friday were organized in New Zealand and Australia, which recently experienced its hottest summer on record. Marches were also held in various parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas making the event one of the massive endeavors by the youth of this world for protecting the earth.
In Stockholm, Sweden, young climate activist Greta Thunberg was also among the students who marched in the city as part of the climate strike.
In Britain, thousands of students joined the fourth nationwide walkout on May 24 as part of the emergent #YouthStrike4Climate movement. Demonstrations were held in over 123 towns and cities across the UK from the South West to Scotland.
Coordinators of the UK climate strike movement – the UK Student Climate Network – had organised this month’s demonstrations under the banner of “Teach the Future” to reiterate the demand for the education system to be reformed to address the ecological crisis.
The Global Strike for Climate was initiated by students inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish girl who demonstrated alone on 20 August 2018, in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding concrete action to address climate change. She also spoke at the recent climate summit in Katowice, Poland.