Turn off the Furnace! NYC Youth Join Global Climate Protest

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Frome students and teachers join protest in London

Being a member of the Student Climate Action Network and a graduate of the Student Climate Leadership Program run by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, I worked alongside numerous people to help organise and facilitate the day. Right from NY to New Delhi, and Cape Town to Seoul, students were out on the streets calling for more action to mitigate climate change.

Students from more than 70 countries will skip class on Friday, March 15 to demand that their governments take more action on addressing climate change, according to #FridaysForFuture, a youth-led movement that is behind the strike.

The students are taking their cue from Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg here whose weekly "school strike for climate" has sparked a global movement.

News of Miss Thunberg's weekly protest went viral and she quickly became an worldwide celebrity.

Friday's protest, entitled Fridays for Future, will take place in around 60 countries, including at noon outside City Hall, Cork.

Youth Strike 4 Climate said that in the United Kingdom, approximately 100 registered strikes took place in various towns and cities from Penzance to Aberdeen. "Say "no we don't want this, this is our future".

Can you tell us a little about your role in the climate strike happening on March 15? In the face of a climate crisis and no adequate government response, taking action is clearly the responsible choice.

The Staffordshire specific protest was planned via social media by University students.

Teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. That's too late, she says. Even though Vivanco is not participating in the strike, she is glad that students around the world are.

"Everyday people I think at first should be getting involved with activism" Sam said, "actually saying that we are not happy with this current system and we actually need change now I think that should be your first point".

Aditi Narayanan, a 16-year-old U.S. Youth Climate Strike organizer in Phoenix, Arizona, said a mass school strike is necessary to counter powerful interests promoting climate denialism and rally public support behind political agendas that are necessary for the survival of the planet.

"Your generation will be the one to suffer the effects of climate change, and you deserve better", Pocan said.

But that has not deterred him from planning a protest here calling for its phasing out in the state's capital city on Friday - mirroring similar events due to be staged around the world by students skipping school.

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