Students worldwide walk out of school, protest climate change inaction by governments

The State House protest was part of a coordinated strike that inspired rallies throughout Massachusetts and in more than 100 countries from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle

Thousands of students across the United States and world are expected to walk out of school today and demand that politicians take immediate action to thwart climate disruption and secure a livable future for younger generations.

In Stockholm, Thunberg predicted that students won't let up their climate protests.

The State House protest was part of a coordinated strike that inspired rallies throughout MA and in more than 100 countries, from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle.

During the student walkout, the Guardian will devote our entire USA front page - containing more than 40 stories - to climate change coverage from 11am to 11.11am ET.

"The oceans are rising, so are we", read another in Sydney.

Last year, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in an alarming report that even if we meet the targets set by the Paris climate accord and stop our reliance on fossil fuels, the world faces serious impacts of climate change.

But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany. "With the last election, we do have people in office that are willing to get something done about this issue, and that are willing to fight with us", he said on Thursday.

As she prepared to march through central Wellington to parliament, O'Regan said she was concerned that by the time she was raising a family the planet would be close to unlivable. University professors and national politicians can nominate a candidate for the Nobel peace prize, ceremony for which will be held in December.

Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon
David L. Ryan Globe Staff Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon

Once at the new location another rally was held where more of the students who participated in the protest were handed the microphone to speak.

Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests. On March 15, students in Indian cities took part in the strike for the first time.

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 2C, but the world is on track for an increase of 4C, which experts say would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet. I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future, Thunberg said in an interview with the Guardian.

With more than 1,000 Instagram followers between them, Grade 12 students Marisa McLean and Sofia Machado took the lead on spreading the word at Elphinstone.

"I'm not really too happy, but people are entitled to their own opinions, they can change if they want to", said 18 year old Greenall student Destin Payette, who stressed the importance of keeping an open mind.

The group was later invited to meet officials at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in two weeks.

Other signs denounced the use of plastics and oil pipelines.

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