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Teens across the country are walking out of school for climate change

Protests are happening across the globe.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Mar 15, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 4:59 pm CDT

Students across the world went on strike on Friday to try and bring awareness to climate change.

The strikes were planned in dozens of cities across the United States to coincide with even more planned around the globe. The U.S. strikes were organized by US Youth Climate Strike, which claims the day of strikes were done “because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis.” 

Strikes were planned in major cities like New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Chicago, Austin, San Diego, and Miami, among others. Other strikes around the world were planned in countries including China, Chile, and Uganda, according to Time.

The strikes were reportedly inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweeden, who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her climate initiatives.

One of the U.S. group’s co-organizers, 12-year-old Haven Coleman, told CNN the goal was to raise awareness among lawmakers about their concerns with climate change.

“When so many kids are striking, we’re stopping the whole system. And if we continue striking, we’ll keep the system halted,” Coleman told the news outlet. “And that scares politicians and it scares the government. So, they have to listen to us.”

Here’s a look at some of the strikes:


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*First Published: Mar 15, 2019, 12:07 pm CDT