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Skipping school to protest over climate action around the world, in photos: NPR



A youth movement that started with a teenager in Sweden was spread all over the world on Friday, shown by students from London to New Delhi, who skipped school to attend demonstrations requiring action on climate change.

Schoolchildren holding posters and shout slogans at a protest in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students around the world took to the streets to protest against the lack of climate awareness and demand that elected officials take action against climate change.

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Schoolchildren holding posters and shouting slogan at a protest in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students around the world took to the streets to protest against the lack of climate awareness and demand that elected officials take action on climate change.

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The sixth year old Greta Thunberg completed the movement last summer in Sweden and received attention when she handed in a strong speech at the UN's climate summit in December.

This wave of demonstrations so far one of the biggest turnouts, including protesters in almost all states in the United States, attends an event organizer called "US Youth Climate Strike. " Strikes and demonstrations were planned in more than 100 countries and territories, including South Africa, India, New Zealand and South Korea. In Europe, students in Lisbon, Vienna, Rome and Copenhagen marched among other cities.

San Francisco

Students march during a Friday protest in San Francisco. Students jumped in classes to protest what they see as failed governments to take tough action against global warming.

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Students march during a Friday protest in San Francisco. Students jumped in classes to protest what they see as their governments' lacking efforts to tackle global warming.

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Bay Area students marched down Market Street in San Francisco, first gathered at Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office, San Francisco Chronicle reports. Like other students across the country, the group urged lawmakers to act. They had handmade characters demanding a Green New Deal, the ambitious framework for future legislation designed to accelerate the country's transition to carbon-free energy and revise the US economy to spread wealth more evenly.

Nairobi, Kenya

In Nairobi, students at Braeburn Garden Estate School aim to spark world leaders into action on climate change.

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In Nairobi, students at Braeburn Garden Estate School aim to gnaw world leaders into action on climate change.

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Hong Kong

Students all over the world jumped over the class Friday to protest against passivity over climate change. Here are students in Hong Kong.

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Students all over the world jumped classes Friday to protest against inaction over climate change. Here are students in Hong Kong.

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Students in Hong Kong bore signs reading "There is no planet B" and "You destroy our future" as they joined the worldwide protests. The organizers of March have asked the government to set up youth representatives in its governance committee on climate change, according to Hong Kong Free Press.

New York City

Demonstrators holding signs during a protest in New York City. Friday's demonstrations saw one of the biggest turnouts so far in a month-long movement that included the United States for the first time.

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Demonstrators holding signs during a protest in New York City. Friday's demonstrations saw one of the biggest turnouts so far in a month-long movement that included the United States for the first time.

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In Manhattan, 16 protesters were arrested for blocking traffic during a "die-in" in front of New York's Natural History Museum, reports AP.

Protests took place throughout the city as students marched through Central Park and packed into Columbus Circle. A protest brought a sign to read: "I do not discover school because adults do not appear to be climate." Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, candidate for the democratic presidential election, spoke to a crowd from the steps of Columbia University's library. Inslee has said addressing the climate is at the heart of his campaign.

St. Paul, Minn.

Minnesota students gather on the state's capitol steps on Friday as part of global youth protests.

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Minnesota students gather on the state's capitol steps on Friday as part of global youth protests.

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In the Twin Cities, students at the state's Capitol met to protest against inaction against climate change. "We have to cause rebellion," Maya Sprenger-Otto, an organizer and student, told a crowd on the Capitol rods, Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We will not be stopped until significant change occurs."

Lisbon, Portugal

Students carrying posters and chant slogans during a protest march through Lisbon, Portugal.

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Students carry posters and chant slogans during a protest march through Lisbon, Portugal.

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Students in cities throughout Portugal participated in the protests, including in the country's capital, which responded to social media calls. They filled the streets with signs of reading "Water and oil do not mix" and "Titanic would survive in 2049."

Stockholm

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, right speaking during a climate Change demonstration in Stockholm Friday. Thunberg has been leading protests to demand action on climate change and has inspired students all over the world.

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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, right speaking during a demonstration on climate change in Stockholm Friday. Thunberg has been leading protests to demand action on climate change and has inspired students all over the world.

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Thunberg, who inspired the "school attacks", spoke to a crowd in Stockholm on Friday. The teenager was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this week.

"We are facing an existential crisis, the greatest humanity ever facing," said Thunberg, according to the Swedish public television station SVT. "We will live with this crisis throughout our lives. We will not accept it."


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