Pupils walk out of class in climate protests


On this day, students protest peacefully in 180 countries, led by Greta Thunberg - who recently spoke at the European Union and UK Parliaments and who will also be on this month's cover of Time magazine. "By becoming the first parliament in the world to declare a climate emergency, we could, and I hope we do, set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments all around the world".

The issue has come to the fore ahead of the elections that began Thursday and end Sunday for the EU's 751-seat assembly.

This is the most recent Fridays for Future, a movement Swedish teen activist (and badass) Greta Thunberg started past year.

Thousands of students are taking to the streets to demand action on climate change and call on the Government to teach children about the threat it poses.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks on stage in Kungstradgarden Park during the Global Strike for Future demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, May 24, 2019. But much of the debate during European campaigning has tended to focus on issues, such as immigration and austerity. Since then, her school strike movement "Fridays for Future" has grown exponentially.

"We are putting pressure on the governments and we want them to act fast and now", said David Wicker, 14, who joined some 7,500 young protesters in Brussels. The protest that began today in New Zealand and Australia will allegedly be picked up in other countries across Africa, Asia, America and Europe.

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In Melbourne, 13-year-old Nina Pasqualini said she was joining the strike because she was anxious about "weather disasters".

Global warming due to heat-trapping greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels has brought more droughts and heatwaves, melting of glaciers, rising sea levels and devastating floods, according to scientists.

The students' battle against climate change reached the city on Friday with the participation of several students and activists in the second #FridaysForFuture global strike.

Highest global carbon emissions were recorded in 2018, and a United Nations report warned of curbing carbon emissions over the next twelve years.

Sophie Hanford, a national organizer in New Zealand, and the Melbourne organizers said they anticipate a huge student-led strike in September that would include adults and workers. "This is only the beginning", Hanford said on New Zealand's "Breakfast" TV show.