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Students protest to demand action on climate change in Lisbon.

Where young people all over the world marched for action on climate change

By Johnny Simon

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:


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Greta Thunberg and her sister Beata participate in the “Global Strike for Future” demonstration in central Stockholm.
Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via Reuters
Protestors gather in central Stockholm.

Hong Kong

AP Photo/Kin Cheung
Hundreds of schoolchildren protest in Hong Kong.


AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.
Adults stand in solidarity with Indian students in Hyderabad, India.
AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Students hold placards and banners as they participate in the climate protest in New Delhi, India.

South Africa

Reuters/Mike Hutchings
Students make their voices heard in Cape Town, South Africa.
AP Photo/Themba Hadebe
Protesting outside the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa.


Reuters/Leonhard Foeger
Demonstrators in Vienna, Austria.


AP Photo/Michael Sohn
Students protest in Berlin.
Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay
A carnival float depicts Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg in Dusseldorf.


AP Photo/Andrew Medichini
Students gather in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier in Rome.
AP Photo/Luca Brunp
Protesters in front of the Duomo in Milan.


AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis
Students shout slogans during a rally at Monastiraki square in central Athens.

United Kingdom

Reuters/Henry Nicholls
Students protest in London.
Reuters/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators in Brighton, England.


Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann
Participants gather in Zurich, Switzerland.
Protestors in Zurich.


Reuters/Yves Herman
Protestors fill the streets in central Brussels.


Reuters/Rafael Marchante
Students crowd a street in Lisbon.


Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes
A group of demonstrators in Paris.
Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes
Students demonstrate in Paris.
Reuters/Stephane Mahe
A protest in Nantes.


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Young demonstrators are seen next to the Finnish Parliment in Helsinki.

United States

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Young demonstrators join the International Youth Climate Strike event at the Capitol in Washington
Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Students hold placards in New York.
Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Demonstrating in New York.
AP Photo/Ben Margot
Students march to Market Street in San Francisco.


AAP Image/Mick Tsikas via Reuters
Thousands of students from across Sydney rally at Town Hall in Sydney.
AAP Image/Dan Peled via Reuters
Students protest in Brisbane.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch via Reuters
Protests in Canberra.

New Zealand

AAP Image/Boris Jancic via Reuters
Students outside New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington.

South Korea

Reuters/Kim Hong-ji
South Korean students in central Seoul.

El Salvador

Reuters/Jose Cabezas
Demonstrators in Suchitoto, El Salvador.


Reuters/Amanda Perobelli
Students demand global action on climate change in Sao Paolo.