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Teens across the country are walking out of school for climate change
Protests are happening across the globe.
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.
I’m hanging out at the many youth-led climate strikes happening across NYC (and the world) today. NYU students are rallying in Washington Square Park, there’s already been a die-in outside the UN, and rallies are planned at city hall and Columbus Circle. #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/K0l6CGTDt8— Rex Santus (@rexsantus) March 15, 2019
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:
Chesapeake Bay Foundation student trustee Devan Ogburn spoke at today’s youth climate strike rally to support needed forest protection bills in the MD General Assembly. #YouthCimateStrike pic.twitter.com/w7a8onZP6u— AJ Metcalf (@AJwatchMD) March 15, 2019
Being global citizens at The Youth Climate Strike!! pic.twitter.com/ZWMgk3cwrN— Léman_Grade5_NYC (@Leman_Gr5) March 15, 2019
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).