Young people skipped school and took the streets in more than 100 countries today (March 15), begging leaders for action on climate change.
Reuters reported that the protests were inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 15-year-old Swede who has been just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her climate activism. For the past year she has skipped school on Fridays to protested inaction on climate change in front of the Swedish parliament. The teen also had a notable appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year, urging leaders to increase their understanding of the existential consequences of climate change. “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And act as if your house is on fire. Because it is,” she said.
Inspired by her example, students around the world left school and made their voices heard. Here is a selection of showcasing their energy and urgency: