Millions of students, youth, workers and other activists abandoned school and work on Friday to join mass protests demanding action to be taken against climate change. Students and youth from all over the world (150 countries) participated in this strike. From New York to Sydney and Cape Town to London, students and youth in hundreds of cities around the world came out on the streets demanding their governments to take urgent steps to tackle the climate change.
Many of these young protestors came up with many innovative ways to protest. In Thailand, more than 200 young people stormed the Environment Ministry in Bangkok and dropped on the ground feigning death. A symbolism of the grim future they have to face if no action is taken. Around 3,00,000 youths, students and other activists came out for the strike in Australia (worlds largest exporter of coal and liquid natural gas).
In India many people especially students and youth took part in the strike. In Mumbai 17 city schools and colleges took part in the protest. The cutting down of trees in Aarey and cutting of over 54,000 mangroves for the bullet train were part of the issues raised.
This worldwide strike comes just before the UN gathering for Climate Action Summit to remind the so-called world leaders that it is high time to take action against climate change. Over the years many activists have raised concerns about the climate change and now in past few years the movement was strengthened by the participation of youth world wide.
The Global Climate Change Strike which was initiated by young students have inspired many more people young and old to join in and fight for a cleaner and healthier tomorrow. This strike has been going on in many countries for many months now.
Spark believes it is the right and duty of every student and youth to fight for a better tomorrow, to fight against injustice and to fight what is wrong.