Students skip class to demand action on climate change

Students skip class to demand action on climate change

"The University of Malta student council shall be rallying students and youths in Malta to participate in this Friday's global students4climate strikes".

"I feel a lot of stress and anxiety about the climate situation, and fear for my future", she said.

For her work spurring the movement into existence, Greta Thunberg was nominated on Thursday for the Nobel Peace Prize. "He's adorable", she says.

The 11-year-old, identified only as Lily, read aloud an open letter asking the government to take immediate action on air pollution, single-use plastics, climate change and deforestation.

- In Paris, teenagers thronged the cobblestoned streets around the domed Pantheon building.

Raphael Devautour, high school student said it was his first protest. "We saw it in 1968".

And it is not just the politicians that the young people striking today are taking aim it.

- Thousands marched in rainy Warsaw and other Polish cities to demand a ban on burning coal, a major source of carbon dioxide. Before they can train for a future, they say, they have to secure it.

"The girls wanted to go and have their actions speak louder than their words, and we felt it was absolutely the right thing to do at this moment", he said.

What started out as a gathering outside Plymouth's Civic Centre turned into a protest through the streets when more than 100 students were told they were on private property.

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Thunberg made headlines worldwide past year when a spate of unseasonal forest fires convinced her to protest outside of Sweden's parliament building. If she wins, she will be the youngest Nobel laureate in history.

This will be the third climate student rally Hamilton has staged, and says she hasn't received any grief from her school. But even after the elections were over, her protests continued.

In Minnesota, students also gathered in Duluth and Rochester.

And through it all, Thunberg began inspiring other students around the world to take action.

Scientists have warned for decades that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are unsustainable, so far with little effect.

"If action isn't taken now, it will be our mess to clean up", said Farrah Bergstrom, a sophomore at Wayzata High School who has worked on progressive campaigns since age 13.

"This is going to require radical measures and there isn't the slightest sign of that happening yet", said Quaschning. "It's imperative that leaders and legislators in this Capitol recognize our deep concern for climate change".

"For those of us who are on the spectrum nearly everything is black and white", she added.

Many students, like 14-year-old Sarah Mufson from the Morris County School of Technology, said that they became invested in climate issues after the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report last October.

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