Youth Around the World Fight For Their Future

On Friday, Sept. 20, one of the largest youth-led climate demonstrations took place all over the world. Thousands of youth from over 2,500 scheduled walkout locations protested the lack of climate legislation. New York high school students took to Foley Square at 12 p.m. and marched down to Battery Park where speakers and artists were present.

Millions of people around the globe joined in protests to demand an end to “the age of fossil fuels.” The protests have been organized by young people around the world as part of the “Fridays for Future” campaign, which has seen students walk out of their schools on Fridays to demand their political leaders take urgent action to address climate change. Fridays for Future is a campaign inspired by 16-year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, who sat in front of Swedish Parliament for three weeks. After a photo of her protesting went viral all over social media, she decided that every Friday there will be a protest against climate change.

Thunberg was present at the New York Climate Change protest and estimated around 250,000 people joined her.

“Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not,” said Thunberg.

Following the walkout, the first ever UN Youth: Climate Summit was held. A group of selective youth activists assembled to discuss major issues, demand national legislation and governmental action, and brainstorm possible solutions.

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