Today’s Global Climate Strike resulted in millions of people taking to the streets in protest of governmental inaction toward the threats of climate change, and the scenes of marches from across the world have been stunning. The event, which grew out of Greta Thunberg’s “school strike for climate change,” occurred in roughly 4,500 locations across the globe, in 150 countries. Below is a series of videos and pictures taken from twitter that represent the turnout at some of the most notable protests.
In Freiburg, Germany, a city with a population of roughly 227,000, tens of thousands of people showed up to protest. In this clip they clap in unison. The local clarion call: “Like the sea, we rise.”
— Fridays for Future Freiburg (@F4F_Freiburg) September 20, 2019
New York City
In New York City, an estimated 1.1 million students were given permission to skip school and join in the protest. One source says tens of thousands of “Manhattan kids” alone showed up. Also amongst the group of protesters in New York, Thunberg herself.
— Ryan Knight 🗽 (@ProudResister) September 20, 2019
In Cape Town, South Africa, one source estimates 2,000 people showed up for the protests. Below is a scene of school children lambasting denial of climate issues by authorities
— John Clarke (@JohnOCAP) September 20, 2019
In London, an estimated 100,000 people showed up for the protest. Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of England’s Labour Party, stands on stage in front of a crowd chanting his name.
One hundred thousand here in London, thousands more around our country and millions across the world.
This movement will not be silenced.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) September 20, 2019
— School Strike 4 Climate (@StrikeClimate) September 20, 2019
In Delhi, India’s national capital territory, protesters switch back and forth between English and Hindi. In English, they chant “We want climate justice.”
— John Paul Jose (@johnpauljos) September 20, 2019
And finally, here’s a short clip of Thunberg calling for a school strike for climate justice back in 2018. The video is one source of inspiration for the Global Climate Strike, and as of this writing has more than 4.8 million views.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 16, 2018
What do you think about The Global Climate Strike? And what does it look like in your city? Show and tell in the comments below!
Feature image: School Strike