Global climate strikes: Millions of children take part in protests to help protect the planet

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These students were protesting in the Indian city of Mumbai

Millions of children around the world have been taking part in a global climate change protest today - it's thought to be the biggest ever!

Protestors from over 150 different countries have taken part in demonstrations aiming to put pressure on governments and decision-makers to do more about climate issues.

The strikes are taking place ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Summit which begins on the 23 September.

Those taking part want world leaders to take more urgent action to protect the planet now and in the future.

Lots of children all over the world think that adults, politicians and big companies aren't doing enough to tackle climate change, and they want their voices to be heard.

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And if you, or your class, want to send us some questions to put to a climate change expert, you or your teacher can send them to us here.

What's happened?

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America

Strikes were held across the United States including in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.

Teen activist Greta Thunberg joined the protest in New York.

England
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Climate March: Meet the Brighton kids getting ready to protest

We went to meet some school children in Brighton as they got ready to be part of a march near where they live.

They told us they want to tell adults and leaders that they aren't doing enough and that, even though they are young, they have voices and want to make them heard.

This isn't the first time young people have become involved in marches like this - take a look at some of the demonstrations that happened earlier this year.

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These school children have come from Cheshire to join a protest in Manchester city centre.

We reckon it's really hot inside that polar bear costume!

Scotland
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These young people are protesting in Edinburgh in Scotland.

Up to 10,000 people were expected to join the call for action there and lots more in other cities around Scotland.

Wales
Parents and grandparents join young activists at a climate change protest in Monmouth

These children went out of school with their parents and grandparents in Monmouth.

These protests in Wales started in the Gwynedd seaside town of Tywyn before spreading,

"We want to show the government and assembly that we aren't going to stand for inaction on climate change any more," said one of the students, Beth.

Northern Ireland
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These school students gathered in the centre of Belfast to make their voices heard.

South Africa
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This girl is one of the thousands of environmental activists campaigning in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She has a banner in the shape of a phoenix, the legendary bird that rises from the ashes.

Germany
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People in Berlin protested outside the city's Federal Ministry of Finance. Lots of young people in Germany have been taking part in the Friday for Future strikes over the last few months and over 400 events were planned in cities across the country.

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These girls in Berlin are holding a banner which says "the Earth is burning".
Philippines
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Students and demonstrators protested outside the University of the Philippines' campus in Manila with a huge banner

Lots of students and protestors took part in this powerful demonstration outside the University of the Philippines in Manila.

Climate change is a big issue in the Philippines. The country is at risk of rising sea levels, more frequent extreme weather events, rising temperatures and increased rainfall.

Solomon Islands

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These protestors, from Marovo Island, took part in climate protests

Students in Marovo Island, which is in the Solomon Islands, took part in their very own climate protest.

One of the biggest problems people who live in the Solomon Islands face is rising sea levels. Sea levels are said to be increasing at a rate of about 8 mm per year.

Hong Kong
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Protestors are demonstrating in Hong Kong

People in Hong Kong held placards and chanted slogans during a climate strike rally in Hong Kong's Central district.

There have been lots of protests in Hong Kong recently, with citizens speaking out against plans to introduce an extradition bill which has since been scrapped.

Kenya
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A school girl in Kenya shows her support for the global strike

People are Kenya also got involved in the day's demonstrations. This young protestor, who has been inspired by Greta, expressed her support on Twitter and will be missing classes to "join the rest of the world in saving the planet".

Kenya has been affected by climate change in various ways. The country has experienced increased temperatures, drought and unpredictable rainfall.

Bangladesh
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School students and protesters in Bangladesh came together to take part in a climate strike rally

In Bangladesh, school children created signs and banners and joined protestors to speak out on climate issues.

The country is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change and has experienced rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

Thailand
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In Thailand's capital of Bangkok, young people were also involved in protests.

Demonstrators had a 'lie-in' by lying down on the ground in front of the government environment minister's office.

Protestors also delivered a letter urging the government to declare a climate emergency.

Australia
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Children in Australia missed classes to take part in climate change rallies

Strikes were held in Australia, with thousands of school children leaving their classrooms to take part in demonstrations.

Organisers of the School Strike For Climate say more than 300,000 people joined in the demonstrations in Australia.

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Children representing the Pacific Islands wore traditional clothing in preparation for protests taking part in Melbourne

The largest of the gatherings was the Australian city of Melbourne, where more than 100,000 people came together to protest. Huge crowds of demonstrators also gathered in Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra, Perth, and Adelaide and there were also lots of marches and events in smaller towns, cities and communities.

Antarctica

The movement even travelled as far as Antarctica!

Dr. Kim Bernard shared the photo below on Twitter, saying: "Climate change is not a possibility for the distant future, it is the REALITY OF TODAY!!! It's time to rise before it's too late. We support you, climate strikers. With love and hope from Antarctica. #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture"

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Greta Thunberg retweeted the photo, saying: "When we say we strike on all continents - we mean ALL continents. This is Antarctica. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike"
What are the protests all about?
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Young people have driven many of the climate strikes that have taken place so far, with prominent activists like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg inspiring many others to take part.

Greta, who is leading today's global day of action, is one of the faces of Fridays for Future, an international movement of students who miss classes to take part in demonstrations demanding action against climate change. Many young people missed lessons to take part in strikes.

However, people of all ages joined the demonstrations.

Employees of some of the world's biggest companies including Amazon and Microsoft also took part.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Official Newsround

    13:20 20 Sep
    We are Jaguars class (Year 3). We have watched your video about the protest. We are talking about climate change and this is what we think:
    People shouldn't use plastic anymore. Drink water from a bottle that doesn't go in the bin.
    Some countries are getting dangerously hot because of climate change. This is a big problem.
    If you can't recycle something you should re-use it in a different way and make something out of it.
    If you ever see rubbish on the floor/ ground pick it up safely (or tell a grown up).
    Boats need to get rid of rubbish correctly so fish don't swallow it and they might die.
    In Greenland lots of the ice is melting because of climate change. If that keeps happening that is a problem as other countries may flood.
    Plastic bags in the sea are dangerous to turtles because turtles might eat the bags thinking it was a jellyfish.

    We are proud of everyone striking for climate change.