Yesterday thousands of students in over 100 countries went into the streets to demand action on climate change instead of going to classes. The following statement from the Sunrise Movement describes why this is a youth-led and youth-centered movement. The following videos show what this looked like yesterday.
Sunrise’s decision to be youth-led and youth-centered is both a strategic and cultural one. In the climate crisis, young people face an unfortunate reality: every one of us will see the devastating effects of climate change in our lifetime. We have inherited a crisis that we did not create— and there is a story to tell about a new generation of Americans who are standing up to protect their future. Throughout history, we have seen that youth voices hold a unique moral clarity, and the climate crisis is no exception. Choosing to focus on young people is a key part of our strategy to reach millions.#YoungAtHeart
ANN ARBOR, MI – Police detained some Climate Strike protesters following a sit-in Friday, March 15, at the University of Michigan Fleming Administration Building.Police detain Climate Strike protesters at University of Michigan sit-in
“You’re threatening us with violence in response to non-violence,” the protesters responded.
“We’ve really tried to do all the polite things that we can,” she said. “(The sit-in) is not super fun. We’re here. We don’t have a lot of food. People are tired, but we don’t want to leave. It just seems like the only option at this point. I don’t think we have any other way to get them to listen to us.”
School and university students in more than 100 countries have gone on strike to demand that politicians take urgent action on climate change. The coordinated protests were organised on social media under the Fridays for Future banner and inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who is in her 30th week of striking on Fridays. It’s our time to rise up’: youth climate strikes held in 100 countries Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of allGuardian News 3/15/2019
Students across America are expected to skip class Friday in the first national school strike over climate change. Similar demonstrations have already swept through Europe and Australia. Friday’s protests are planned for more than 130 cities in the U.S. and about 90 countries worldwide. Tony Dokoupil reports.CBS This Morning 3/14/2019
Students strike to demand climate action | ABC News. On Friday March 16, Tens of thousands of Australian students walked out of school to march in support of action on climate change.ABC News (Australia)
For several months, thousands of European high school students have been protesting climate change by skipping class on Fridays and hitting the streets. They’re hoping the movement builds to a crescendo this Friday. Classrooms are set to empty around the world as young people urge adults to use their power to save the planet. Here in France the message is even starker: “In 2050 you will be dead, not us.” Hugo Viel, a 20-year-old engineering student and climate activist, gave us his perspective.France 24 English 3/15/2019