Millions join global climate change protests


As world leaders prepare to meet in New York for a United Nations Climate Summit next week, millions of young people all over the world are skipping school on Friday to demand faster action against climate change and rising carbon emissions.

The global climate strike kicked off in the Pacific islands – some of the nations most threatened by rising sea levels – before spreading through Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia and into Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The strikes started in August 2018 when 16-year old Greta Thunberg decided to miss lessons every Friday to protest outside the Swedish parliament.

According to scientists, global warming caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels has already led to droughts and heatwaves, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and floods.

Carbon emissions climbed a record high last year, despite a warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that output of gases must be slashed over the next 12 years to stabilise the climate.

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