With the sunrise comes resistance. As the sun makes its way to the Western Hemisphere, the day has just begun in the US. However, the day is already come and gone in other parts of the world, including Australia, and Friday has seen a successful Global Climate Strike so far. Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 150 countries have already taken part in this historic event.
Pacific Island nations such as Kiribati and Tonga were the first to start their days and kick off the global actions, which is fitting given that these islands are ground zero for climate change. Sea level rise from climate change is set to make many of these islands uninhabitable in the next 40 years.
The Global #ClimateStrike has begun!
This is how students are showing up for their strike in the Solomon Islands! pic.twitter.com/PmLKtlgwxW
— Jamie Henn (@Agent350) September 19, 2019
Places such as New Zealand and Australia followed, which saw what some have called “record-breaking crowds”.
From there, the energy moved west to Asia, Europe, Africa and now North and South America.
— 350 Africa (@350Africa) September 20, 2019
— David Croyé (@DavidCroye) September 20, 2019
— Abbie O'Brien (@AOBrien_news) September 20, 2019
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old badarse who’s in New York for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, has thrust the strike movement into the international spotlight under the banner of Friday for Futures. She began skipping school in August 2018 every Friday to protest outside the Swedish Parliament. She wanted more action from world leaders on climate change.
Her bold behaviour rapidly spread around the world, and its latest manifestation is what we’re seeing today.
It’s early morning in the Pacific. Soon the sun will rise on September 20th 2019. Good luck Australia, The Philippines, Japan and all the Pacific islands. You go first! Now lead the way!#fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate
(NZ + many others go next week.) pic.twitter.com/u1pji4SySN
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 19, 2019
The kids want to make their message clear: The time to act on the climate crisis is now. In the US, teens are becoming more afraid and more angry about climate change. After all, the situation is growing more urgent. Instead of ignoring these feelings, the teens are putting them to work.
Hundreds of young people from around the world have congregated in New York. It’s nearly Climate Week, huge strikes are happening today and Friday, and the United Nations has awarded some 100 young climate activists from different corners of the globe “Green Tickets” to the first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit this weekend. There, youth will get a chance to engage with global leaders to talk climate change ahead of a major international summit on Tuesday.
Here are some photos from around the world, encapsulating what people power — and, more importantly, teen power — looks like around the world. Some days feel a little hopeless. Today is not one of those days. ¡Viva la revolución!
The #ClimateStrike procession snaking its way through the streets of Nairobi, Kenya heading to the Ministry of Environment to present a petition on #ClimateChange. Be part of the Action today join the match!
— Africans Rising (@AfricansRising) September 20, 2019
.@irunguhoughton reminding the #ClimateStrikeKE crowd about Prof.Wangari Maathai's legacy. Says there's no difference between Environmental Justice & Human Rights. Apologises to the young people present for failing to deal with #ClimateChange issues in their time. #deCOALonize pic.twitter.com/tIUYjlosi7
— deCOALonize Kenya (@deCOALonize) September 20, 2019
Global #ClimateStrike: Perceptions of Climate Change in Africa, Varied as its Weather. In Kenya, various organizations petition on Climate Action as a matter of emergency to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. https://t.co/cpz5RT27h7 #2019GGSummit pic.twitter.com/AF88WqFe2Z
— David Indeje ???????? (@David_Indeje) September 20, 2019
Keep Calm and show some love towards planet. Burn egos not coal, melt heart not glaciers, change habits not climate. #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture.
Hyderabad India @GretaThunberg @CitizensForHyd @greenpeaceindia pic.twitter.com/75hYmh1YV8
— Ali (@7aliabbas1) September 20, 2019
— Kunal Khanna (@shonkhanna) September 20, 2019
— Mowsam Hazarika ???? (@mowsamagri) September 20, 2019