From the South Pacific to the outskirts of the Arctic Circle, students who put social media and spoken word went on Good Friday to challenge what they believe is not getting up with its government to act hard against global warming. The rallies were still one of the largest international acts, with hundreds of thousands of students in over 100 countries around the world.
Greta Thunberg was the 16-year-old activist of Swedish agewho began running solo exhibitions outside the Swedish parliament last year. Since then, the weekly protests have risen from a handful of cities to hundreds, resulting in dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the lifetime of students
Thunberg, who was recently nominated for a Prize. Nobel Peace, as protesters she presented her name at a rally in Stockholm that "a current crisis, the biggest crisis has ever faced humanity, and yet she has been ignored for many years by those with knowledge And you know who you are, that's you
Across the globe, big and small protests urged politicians to take action against climate change and to highlight local environmental problems
- ] Speakers at US Capitol in Washington were behind a flag that said "We do not want to die."
- In New York students gave with "Save our planet" and "Climate change is going" near entrance to Central Park.
- In San Francisco The students disrupted the city's traffic marching from Office Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Senate Dianne Feinstein's office, San Francisco CBS reported
- In Berlin police said there were up to 20,000 protesters, young students Most of them, collected in downtown square, are saving signs with slogans such as "March now or later swim" and "Climate Protection Report Card: F" before march through the capital's three-quarter government to stop before the Chancellor's office Angela Merkel.
- In Poland, thousands marched in rain Warsaw and other cities demanded the coal b coal, which is the main source of carbon dioxide. Some people wore masks carrying banners which read "Today's Air Smells Like the Last Planet Days" and "Make Love No CO2."
- In the capital of India schoolchildren New Delhi, opposed to inaction on climate change and increased levels of air pollution far exceed the limits of World Health Organizations
- or Never "among young enthusiastic enthusiasts were taking up the streets of squatting around the dark panton building, which rises above the Left Bank in Paris . Several thousands of students were gathered peacefully around the landmark. Some of the French Presidents were addressed to Emmanuel Macron, President of France, who sees him as a guarantor of the climate but he is criticized by his actions for being too friendly for the business. be ambitious in efforts to reduce French emissions.
- About 50 students protested in the capital of South Africa, Pretoria singing "No Planet B." One protester had a protest "Miss Miss The Rains Down in Africa." Experts say that Africa, with its population of more than 1 billion people, is expected to be hit by global warming even though it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
- Police in Vienna about 10,000 students came together in the capital of Austria, while at the same time there was a similar number of protest in the western city Lausanne . Last month, lawmakers announced in the Swiss northern basin of Basel "climate crisis."
- In Helsinki the police said that about 3,000 students had gathered before the Finnish Parliament sports plaques as: "Dinosaurs thought they had time too!"
- Thousands survived through Madrid and more than 50 other cities in Spain.
Web site used to coordinate make enlisted the rallies events in over 2,000 cities. In the United States,United States Youth Climate Strike together with Coleman Haven, 12 years of age and Hirsi Israel 16 years of age.
They want, among other things, "100 percent of renewable energy by 2030," reported CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil. For more than three months, Villasenor has been playing lightly from the 7th grade on Friday and heading to UN headquarters in New York in the hope of pushing adults into action against global warming.
"Since climate change is a global problem, she decided that this is the best place to strike," she told CBS News. She was expecting students to be hit in all 50 states Friday
In a Friday speech outside the U.N., Villasenor said global leaders were not listening. "Our world leaders are the ones who act as children," she said. "The ones that have supporters, arguing with each other and refusing to take responsibility for their actions and the planet at him."
Later, UN Secretary General Antonio said Guterres had inspired the students to call a special summit in September to deal with this thing. he said "the climate emergency." "My generation failed to respond correctly to the dramatic challenge of climate change," wrote Guterres in an opinion piece in The Guardian. "Young people are very respected. No wonder they are angry."
Carla Reemtsma, a 20-year-old university student who helped to organize the protest in Berlin, said she is part of about 50 WhatsApp groups focused on discussing climate change. "Many happen on social media because you can find many young people quickly and show them: see that we have enough," she told the Associated Press. "There is a very low threshold and so we reach a large number of people."
"I think the way we managed to go so big," Reemtsma said. Politicians, for example, a leader of the German Free Business Democrats, Christian Lindner, aimed to argue that complex issues like climate change were "not a question for professionals" and not students .
Others, including the Germans, have taken care of the Minister of Economy, Peter Altmaier, for students to engage in the protests outside of school hours.
Volker Quaschning, professor of engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, said it was easy for politicians to attract students. "That's why we need our support," he said. "If we do nothing then parts of this planet may be habitable by the end of the century."
Scientists have supported the protests, and thousands are signing petitions to support students in the UK. Britain, Finland, Germany and the United States "It gives me great hope," said environmentalist Bill McKibben with CBS News Jeff Berardelli. "This new generation is doing everything possible to ensure that older people do not let their lives with a reasonable life. Because of the world, or spending all their time with video games, the photos should from around the world to renew their faith. "
Scientists have warned for many years that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are not sustainable, so far without much impact. In 2015, global leaders in Paris agreed to keep the Earth's global temperature temperature by the end of the first century well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
But at present, the world is expected to increase 4 degrees Celsius, which experts said would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet. In Germany, environmental groups and experts have attacked the government's plans to continue using coal and natural gas for years to come
Quaschning, which was one of more than 23,000 scientists speak German to sign a letter of support this week, Germany said this should give more time to nations that are not as high as fossil fuels and at the same time achieve Paris's goal. worldwide.
"Radical measures are needed and there's not the smallest sign of that happening yet," Quaschning said.
got a poll published by the German public broadcaster ZDF that 67% of respondents supported students' objections during school hours, with 32 percent against. 1,290 randomly selected voters were involved in the representative telephone poll conducted between 12 March and 14 March. The margin of error was about 3 percentage points.
In Stockholm, Greta Thunberg thought that the students would not take up their protests. "We face a crisis that we must live with, that we must live with all our lives, our children, our grandchildren and all generations to come," she said.
"We will not accept that, we will not let that happen and that is why we will strike. We are on strike because we need a future, we will continue," she said.