This is how Bellingham students are protesting inaction on climate change

This is how Bellingham students are protesting inaction on climate change

This is how Bellingham students are protesting inaction on climate change

Portland-area students were planning to gather at Portland's City Hall at 1 p.m., while other students are doing local walkouts at their schools.

Young people in MA - and around the world - will cut class on Friday to send a message to adults: Do something about climate change.

The girls are following the lead of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swede who has been skipping Friday classes for the last year, opting instead to protest climate change in front of the Swedish parliament buildings.

Washtenaw County teens talk about why they're passionate about climate action and the significance of youth activism.

The student "strikes" and other events were scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries, spanning from Australia to France to the United States, with some students protesting outside of their schools to others marching in the streets.

Protesters holds signs and listen to speakers 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.

Children across the world, from Tokyo to Glasgow, are all out there spreading the same message: We demand action against climate change.

She said the system was "kinda stupid".

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"I have a younger sister in junior high, and my mom has organized to bring my sister and a couple of her classmates down to the clock tower", says organizer Ivan Andreou. "I'm pretty sure I'll still be alive when the Earth will just like get destroyed from all this pollution and everything, so I just wanted to help".

"What would we do without it, honestly?", said Elkolaly.

"It lays out practical and achievable changes to reach our targeted greenhouse-gas reductions, and to strengthen our economy with new opportunities".

That's because by the time she's 30, as the world's leading climate scientists have warned, global warming could exceed a potentially critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Chants petered out when a number of students took to the stage set up in the square to speak about what actions needed to be taken.

This is a rapidly growing worldwide movement that flowed from Greta's individual decision on 20 August a year ago to take Friday off school to sit on the ground outside the Swedish Parliament Building in Stockholm demanding change.

"We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis", according to the Youth Climate Strike's website. "What would you do?"

Most of the declared Democratic candidates for the White House have already voiced support for the Green New Deal, a measure proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - a sweeping 10-year blueprint for combating climate change that involves reducing carbon emissions and retrofitting infrastructure.

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