Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Newbury joins in Global Climate Strike

Newbury joins in Global Climate Strike

But we will also be back from lunch to report on what happened.

As well as a number of speakers, the protest featured musical performances from local bands, stalls from environmental charities in York, crafts, marches across the city centre, as well as a people's assembly addressing the question: 'How can we make the climate movement more inclusive?'.

While about 37,000 people have confirmed their attendance at capital city rallies on the strike's Facebook pages, a Global Strike 4 Climate spokeswoman said organisers expect a 50 per cent increase on the attendance of the most recent climate strike in March, which garnered 150,000 protesters.

"It will take mass action, it will take world leaders to come together, but the United Kingdom has a responsibility to act because of its colonial history", Ibrahim told Al Jazeera.

Climate change protesters walk through the streets of Cologne in Germany.

Among the many trade unions throwing their weight behind the strikes are the TUC Congress, the University and College Union and Unite, while environmental campaigners, aid agencies and faith groups are joining the protests.

Besides Thunberg, speaker include Vic Barrett, a 20-year-old plaintiff in the climate lawsuit Juliana vs U.S., Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 19-year-old climate Activist and Youth Director of the advocacy group Earth Guardians who's also a plaintiff in Juliana v. U.S.

"This is about my future, not only my future, but the future of my entire generation and all the generations to come after ours", said Tristan Vancleef, 16, among some 15,000 demonstrators who marched through central Brussels.

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The strike will culminate Monday in NY when Thunberg, 16, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her climate activism, will spearhead a rally at the United Nations headquarters. Shaw told Truthout that strikes became organizers' "tactic of choice because striking halts work, the economy and school". We will let our actions speak louder than our words.

However, emissions are rising and four years after world leaders signed the Paris agreement, campaigners say little has been done to achieve its goal of keeping rising temperatures to below 2C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5C.

A second global strike is scheduled for September 27. It'll be the very first walkout at Amazon's Seattle headquarters. "There might not even be a future".

The boy's mother, Annelise Pilkington, said she "fully supported" her son's participation in the protest. That, ultimately, will be determined by the strike's participation and how much buy-in outside organizations end up having. "But I think if there is one day you should join, this is the day".

"Australia is setting the standard", Thunberg said on Twitter.

The New York protest will include speeches from several prominent climate leaders, including Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who launch the global Fridays for Future - which lead to Friday's global climate strike - movements last year. In this case, if it costs you an assessment, that is their choice.' he said. "Youth are particularly well-suited to challenge this inequity".

Worldwide concern has escalated since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the global Paris Accord on climate change and took a series of steps to dismantle environmental protections including moving on Thursday to block stricter vehicle emissions standards in California.

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