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Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday

Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday

The Swedish teenager - who on her Twitter page describes herself as "a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger [syndrome]" - first staged a school strike for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament in August last year. In an example of protest cross-pollination, Thunberg says she was inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who organized the March for Our Lives, which drew around 2 million people in March 2018. She has asked world leaders not to ignore the impending consequences of runaway climate change. If you continue failing us in the future, we, the young people, will make change happen by ourselves.

Following devastating hurricanes in the USA, record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic, the IPCC makes clear that climate change is already happening, upgraded its risk warning from previous reports, and warned that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact.

They will skip school and demonstrate in an attempt to get their governments to do more to tackle climate change.

Campaigners said 15,000 people took part in protests in more than 60 towns and cities across the United Kingdom in February. Almost 100 schools are expected to participate, Thunberg said on Twitter.

"This is young people taking the reins and realising that they do have people power, that's really awesome", Abigail O'Regan, 20, told AFP in the New Zealand capital.

Swan Christian College student Connor Peroni, 15, said her generation would not be complacent in the destruction of the planet.

Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday
Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday

"Australia is in the thick of the climate crisis", the invite says.

The Youth Climate Strike is supporting the Green New Deal, which is a series of proposed environmental policies that recently made headlines after U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced a congressional resolution calling for the country to transition completely to renewable energy.

"They're making a bigger contribution and learning more by doing this strike than anything they could possibly do at school", she told 3AW.

Establish youth representatives within the Steering Committee on Climate Change in Hong Kong.

"We weren't aware of the school strike in November". Keiffer Cortez and Sophie O'Connor both cite Greta Thunberg as their inspiration.

"And we stand with you, as a council, as well".

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