Climate change marches: Follow the action

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Students protesting in Tokyo in Japan.European Photopress Agency
Students all over the world are protesting today to urge governments to do more to tackle the issue of climate change

Hundreds of thousands of students across the world took to the streets as part of a strike on Friday to demand that more is done to tackle the issue of climate change.

Students in more than 2,000 towns across over 100 countries missed school to take part.

The movement is being called #FridaysforFuture.

It is inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old environmental activist who started missing school with her dad in August 2018 to protest outside Sweden's parliament.

Banner made by a Taiwanese student.Getty Images
Yang Tzy-Ching, 12, made this banner to use in the climate change protests in Taiwan

People have different opinions about whether or not pupils should be missing school to do this. Prime Minister Theresa May does not agree with it, as they are missing lessons.

This is the second global youth strike, with the first taking place on 15 February.

You can follow what happened during the day or click here to find out more about where these climate change protests came from.

5:00pm - "As young people we have to take responsibility for our future"
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Students in Parliament Square tell us why they missed school to protest

Why are young people skipping school to protest climate change? These students tell us why.

3:00pm - 'Stop denying the Earth is dying'

Protesters in New York have been chanting "Stop denying the Earth is dying" in the streets.

World media have been following the progress of the protests throughout the day.

In UK cities protests are continuing. Newsbeat reporter, Lindsay Brown, has shared pictures from the scene in Parliament Square, London.

A girl holding a sign saying 'There is no planet B'Newsbeat
Protesters in London have been showing off some of their posters and signs!
Students holding a sign saying "We love our home - why won't you?"Newsbeat
Radio 1's Newsbeat caught up with some of the protesters in the action
Dog wearing a sign saying "It's my world too"Newsbeat
This dog made us 'paws' for thought
1:30pm - 'It affects everything'

Codi and Courtney from Bradford told the BBC why they are getting involved in the climate change action in their home town.

"It's really scary," said one of the girls. "It affects everything, but you don't see it."

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WATCH: Codi and Courtney from Bradford told us why they're protesting in their home town of Bradford

At lunchtime, Greta Thunberg - who inspired the protests - took to social media in support of the thousands of students who were demonstrating in Stockholm, Sweden, where she lives.

"Way, way over 10000 students out in rain in Stockholm today. School striking for the climate! #FridayForFuture #SchoolsStrike4Climate," she said.

Demonstrations are taking place all across the world to urge leaders to do more to tackle the issue of climate change, including the UK, Poland, Germany, India, Spain, Italy and Finland.

Screengrab of Steve Backshall tweet.Twitter/SteveBackshall
Wildlife expert and CBBC presenter Steve Backshall has taken to social media in support of students taking action to tackle climate change
11:30am - 'It is right that we hear the voice of the next generation'

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her support for the young protestors.

"It is right that we are all challenged to do more and that we hear the voice of the next generation," she said on social media.

In Glasgow, more than 300 people have gathered in George Square and a similar number are striking outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Holly Gillibrand, 13, has been taking one hour every Friday away from her school in Fort William in the Highlands to protest since January.

13-year-old Holly Gillibrand.
Every Friday morning, 13-year-old Holly Gillibrand misses an hour of school to demand more is done over climate change

She said: "I'm not the sort of person who would consider breaking the rules in any way.

"But if we don't strike and demand that our leaders take action, we're not going to have a habitable planet to live on in the future."

9:00am - Europe starts marching!

Pictures have started to come in of students across Europe getting involved.

A banner seen at protests in Milan in Italy.European Photopress Agency
This banner was photographed at climate change protests in Milan in Italy on Friday

One social media has tweeted a video from Helsinki in Finland saying: "It's an ocean of students! Let the march begin in #Helsinki, #Finland 💪"

Another said "Berlin ist voll #fridaysforfuture" meaning "Berlin is full", with a picture of crowds taking part.

8:00am - Protests are well under way

It might be first thing in the morning in the UK, but in countries around the world in different time zones, the climate change action is well under way.

Thousands of students gathered in the Australian cities of Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane (where it is the end of the day now) to make their voices heard.

Students protesting in Brisbane in Australia.European Photopress Agency
These students in Brisbane in Australia are getting involved in the protests

In Japan, a hundred people gathered and marched in the capital city of Tokyo. The picture at the very top of this article shows a group of students in front of the United Nations University to demand action.

Student in Australia holds a banner during the protests.European Photopress Agency
This student in Australia's banner reads: "Our planet is changing, why aren't we?"

Pictures and videos have been flooding in on social media of the protest action taking place all over the world, including in India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines and Africa.

Screengrab of a Greenpeace tweet.Twitter/@Greenpeace
Environmental charity Greenpeace posted this picture of climate change protestors in Vanuatu - a region in the South Pacific Ocean made up of around 80 islands

It goes without saying that Greta is getting involved today too.

She posted a picture of herself with the caption: "School strike week 30. #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate".

The picture that Greta Thunberg posted of herself on social media.Twitter
Greta Thunberg posted this picture of herself on social media with the caption: "School strike week 30. #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate"

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Comments

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by tigerattack

    16 Mar 2019 10:26
    I wish I could do this. I’m going to see if I can, next Friday, with a couple of friends. This really matters. Also, I think it’s great that some of you have taken part already.
  • Comment number 6. Posted by TheFandomGirl

    15 Mar 2019 17:52
    I went to strike in London today. It's awesome that there are so many people around the 🌎 striking for climate change!
    We need to stop climate change before it's too late
  • Comment number 5. Posted by U17523460

    15 Mar 2019 17:46
    I hope something is done soon.
  • Comment number 4. Posted by U17575647

    15 Mar 2019 17:31
    We need to stop climate change so we went on strike in London today.
  • Comment number 3. Posted by CuteFluffyNarwhal

    15 Mar 2019 17:15
    It's lovely that so many people are getting involved, climate change is a really serious matter.
  • Comment number 2. Posted by Phoebe

    15 Mar 2019 16:54
    I went to the strike in London and it was amazing. It shows that we really can make an impact on the future of our planet.❤🌎
  • Comment number 1. Posted by Mauve Sewing Bear

    15 Mar 2019 14:24
    This looks so cool, I'm glad people are getting involved with climate change!