Global climate strike begins, with students skipping school to protest

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Toni, 15, from Stockport, said: "I tried to come to the last protest but my school said no".

About 1,000 school pupils have turned out at the Scottish Parliament building today as part of a climate action protest - and more are children are streaming in. I think it is something we might be able to fix, but we would have to work really hard in the next few years. "That's to campaign for a world that is safe to live in in the future", he explains. "The clock is ticking and time is against us!" they shouted. If you continue failing us in the future, we, the young people, will make change happen by ourselves.

"You can live a greener lifestyle, you can go vegan or whatever it is, but the real problem is corporations and the sheer amount of Carbon dioxide they emit".

Morning rain cleared in time for the masses to come together at 12.30pm, all with the same objective - to support an global movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet.

"Most of us are 16 to 17, and we are going to turn 18 soon". This is the way that we have collectively chose to get their attention. It's extremely time sensitive and we're not going to wait.

"We know we are in a climate crisis." said organizer Rebecca Hamilton, 16, a student at Lord Byng Secondary in Vancouver. "We've got to mobilize our entire society to rebuild ourselves to that we are the kind of place that leads on renewable energy, leads on environmental justice, leads on the dignity of human being on our Earth and those are the same fight".

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In Newcastle City centre, the Monument was surrounded by hundreds of young people chanting "we want action now".

Millie Manners, who also made the trip to Canterbury from Dover after being given permission to miss biology, says that "if there's no planet, then there's won't be any lessons to go to into the future anyway". When Senator Dianne Feinstein explained her opposition to the Green New Deal to a group of schoolchildren last month, video of the exchange went viral. "You can't re-do the climate".

Children and students hold up their hands inscribed with: "In your hands is our future" as they participate in a FridaysForFuture climate protest march on March 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

The protests are part of a global movement that is demanding action from governments and politicians on climate change.

Among those gathering outside the Scottish Parliament is Sandy Boyd, a 14-year-old S3 student from Trinity Academy in Edinburgh. The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again. Because by the year 2020 We need to have bended the (greenhouse gas) emission curve steeply downwards. "The maths doesn't add up".

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an worldwide movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

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