Students 'strike 4 climate' in record numbers
Monday 30th September 2019 | Jake
For the second Friday running students from across the globe went on strike last week. Their cause? The climate. Inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg’s walkout a little over a year ago, millions of people have gone on climate strike.
Exasperated by adults ignoring the ensuing climate crisis, Thunberg was moved to leave her class and go on strike. Her peaceful protest earned the support of millions, and saw the biggest ever global climate strike take place earlier this month. From Bristol to Brazil, Mumbai to Miami, children went on strike, joined by adults feeling similarly fed up with the establishments inaction.
Thunberg speaking at the UN summit in New York
Thunberg herself attended the protest in New York, before delivering a fiery, emotional speech to the UN. She had sailed to New York on a carbon-neutral racing yacht. Speaking to world leaders at a UN summit, Thunberg informed the crowd – which included Donald Trump – that “The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”
The majority of leaders offered support and approval to Thunberg’s words. Trump was less inclined to face facts, while Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, tried to poke holes in the reality of the climate crisis. The pair’s denial failed to affect the momentum the climate strikes gathered. A second strike took place on Friday following the success of last week’s, with many countries getting involved. New Zealand recorded a record number of protestors for the climate strike. About 3.5% of the population (roughly 170,000 people) took part last Friday.