Hundreds of thousands of youths marched through the streets across the globe on Friday for an international day of student protests aimed at pushing world leaders into action on Climate change.
The demonstrations were called in more than 100 countries.
Students flooded into the streets across Europe, North and South America.
Schools, colleges and universities emptied in Berlin, London, Lagos, Bangkok and many other places.
The demonstrators carried placards reading slogans, “There is no planet B”, “You’re destroying our future” and “If you don’t act like adults, we will.”
Carbon dioxide emissions hit record levels in 2017 and again last year.
According scientists, loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases at current rates will lead to an uninhabitable planet.
A Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg inspired the protests.
She warned that time was running out and that despite three decades of warnings no action has been taken.
Talking to Swedish public television station SVT, the 16-year-old, nominee for Nobel Peace Prize, said, “We are living through an existential crisis that has been ignored for decades and if we do not act now it may be too late.”
Montreal drew among the largest crowds, nearly 150,000, in the United States, protests were more low-key, young people also took to the streets in the Chilean capital Santiago and Colombia’s Medellin, and in Delhi, India, 200 students took part in a colorful protest.
Several thousand youngsters thronged the streets of central London in a raucous demonstration with banners and placards.
They cheered and chanted “Change… now!”