Published: Sat, September 21, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike

Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike

That message-urgent, and drawing a stark line between the generations-was emblematic of New York City's climate strike, one of hundreds of climate actions that took place in more than 150 countries on September 20.

New York City's 1.1 million public school students were given official permission to skip out on classes for the day, though they do need parental consent to do so.

What is your plan for today's Climate Strike?

The organizers demanded a regional and federal Green New Deal to transition the economy to 100% renewable energy.

"I don't see a reason to not listen to the science", Thunberg told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The youth climate strike in Boston is just one of the thousands of similar rallies organized around the world ahead of next week's United Nations climate summit in NY. "We're here to ask for policies to be made that are going to benefit the youth".

Greta: The numbers from all these cities around the world. Nicholas DuVernay, 17, organized a protest in his politically-conservative small town of La Grande, Ore.

GMA: What's your next step?

Thunberg recently traveled to the USA on an emissions-free boat and is set to participate in the United Nations climate summit in New York City next week.

This movement we are planning on continuing.

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GMA: You recently mentioned that news organizations and Congress need to do more than just cover you like a piece of news.

Similar rallies are planned across the globe, with 800 events set to take place in the U.S. and 400 in Germany. "We wanted to disrupt everybody's everyday lives while everyone is on their lunch breaks, and we wanted to draw attention that this climate crisis is happening and we can't ignore it anymore".

GMA: Tell us about a time during your tour when you spoke to someone who opposes your beliefs.

GMA: Do you feel like when you talk to people in America, it's different than anywhere else you've traveled to. Some countries are more extreme than others but it's not much different.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg first staged a "School Strike for Climate" outside her national parliament in August past year.

GMA: What don't people understand about your mission? It's just something we should do. "Instead of taking action, the government has forced me out onto the streets, as well as thousands and thousands of other people, young people here today". This is, I think, this is something very big that is growing and it will not stop. "I would never have predicted or believed that this was going to happen, and so fast - and only in 15 months".

"This is all I know how to do, is write and talk and get out and take action", Apaak said.

President Donald Trump has questioned both of the reports and regularly makes fun of the concept of climate change on Twitter during snow storms. "When people talk about young people, they always think of, like, 'Oh, they can't do anything, because they're not really grown up and they don't have power in this world, '" said An Nguyen, a junior at Nathan Hale.

Change, they hope to see in the world, before it's too late.

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