Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Global climate protests begin ahead of Madrid meeting

Global climate protests begin ahead of Madrid meeting

Miss Thunberg has spent the a year ago travelling the world, mostly using public transport and transatlantic yachts, speaking to world leaders and encouraging others to take part in climate strikes every Friday - a trend she began in Sweden.

Further rallies were taking places in cities worldwide, including Washington, London, Berlin and Madrid.

Thunberg is due to speak in the Portuguese parliament on arrival in Lisbon before going on to Madrid. Total turn out in the United States and Canada were low given Thanksgiving holiday weekend with protests drawing only 50 people in Washington and another 100 in NY. A demonstration in Washington drew about 50 people, another in NY had 100.

The governor said he was "honoured" to be asked to take on the role. Around 23 anti-consumerism activists were arrested as they staged a sit-in in front of Macy's department store.

In Montreal, environmental groups distributed second-hand clothing.

But Portugal's student movement pushed on with the protest without her.

Protesters in smoke-covered Sydney kicked off a fresh round of global demonstrations against climate change yesterday, with activists and schoolchildren picketing the headquarters of Australia's ruling party.

Australia, with a population of 25 million, has low carbon emissions compared with the planet's biggest polluters, but is one of the world's leading coal exporters.

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Protests also took place in Tokyo, where hundreds marched through the teeming Shinjuku district to raise awareness of the issue.

Thousands of Australian students walked out of class on Friday to join rallies demanding stronger action to rein in climate change, which they said is contributing to the country's bushfire crisis.

"The reality is that we have a climate change emergency", said protest organiser Elana Azrai.

"The generations before us messed it up", said 17-year-old Robin Ebelt.

The US is the world's second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China, and is the only country to pull out of the Paris agreement.

At the same time, a US Congressional delegation going to Madrid will be headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, listed by the Spanish government among heads of state and VIPs.

Scientists have warned that efforts to cap warming to 1.5 Celsius are failing, and that carbon emissions - which are on the rise - would need to fall 7.6% a year to meet the target.

The organization has also warned that global temperatures are on pace to rise nearly four degrees Celsius by the end of the century - an increase that could make some places virtually uninhabitable.

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