Global climate strike begins, with students skipping school to protest

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Thunberg, who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said at a rally in Stockholm that the world faces an "existential crisis, the biggest crisis humanity ever has faced and still it has been ignored for decades by those that have known about it".

"I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future".

A child carries a sign up the steps of the Capital during a student strike, part of a global movement to protest the current inaction by politicians on climate change, at the Capital in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 15, 2019. The school board said the the schools would not close because of the strike, but that the situation would be reevaluated in the afternoon.

But the budding activists have received encouragement from New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, who said it was important for the young generation to send a message.

Greta Thunberg, in August past year, became the face of a "school strike" outside the Swedish parliament building.

The Swedish schoolgirl climate campaigner has inspired worldwide protests, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change.

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"When I saw that (Fridays for Future) was planning to have an inaugural protest in the USA on March 15th, I sent out a message to a few friends to see if they wanted to organize a student strike in Bellingham", Gardner said in an email.

Another, directed at Alabama's pro-life legislators, read "You fight so hard for us to have babies". Spurred on by Sweden's hottest summer on record, according to The Guardian, Thunberg instead spent her time protesting in front of the Swedish parliament to call for new climate change policies.

The movement has also gathered pace since the publication - in October a year ago - of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the "impact of global warming of 1.5°C compared to 2°C". The coverage began last night with our colleagues in Australia and will include reports from correspondents in Thailand, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain, the USA and many more throughout the day. Last month, lawmakers in the northern Swiss canton of Basel symbolically declared a "climate emergency". The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict", Freddy Andre Oevstegaard, a parliamentary representative in Norway, told Norwegian newspaper VG. "This isn't a distant issue, it's something that's going to have very severe influence on us in the near future". But the climate crisis has already been solved. Now she is one of the top organizers of the youth climate strike in New York City, where she hopes thousands will rally in three places later Friday.

He has said: "We must show the importance of this subject.and work towards concrete things that we can put forward, so that students themselves can get involved".

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