Melbourne [Australia], Mar 15 (ANI): Scores of children are set to skip school today to join the Global Climate Strike against inaction over climate change, with protests planned in almost 1,700 towns and cities in over 100 countries.
Protests have already begun in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Thailand, with around 20,000 people and students turning up for the protests in Melbourne alone.
To all the young people who participated in the #schoolstrike4climate across Aotearoa today: You are hope on a dark day.
"To all the young people who participated in the #schoolstrike4climate across Aotearoa today: You are hope on a dark day.
Never be silenced," David Tong, who runs WWF New Zealand's climate change programme tweeted.While most politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel have supported the protests by students, many have slammed the demonstrations, labelling the act by students as "truancy".The global movement has been inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been protesting outside the Swedish Parliament every Friday since August 2018 against inaction over climate change.Thunberg, who called for the March 15 international strike, has inspired students from all around the world to take to the streets on Fridays, leading to the protests being known as "Fridays for Future".
For those in the city, there's currently delays to buses and general traffic due to the Climate Change protest. Here's the intersection of Queen Street and Victoria Street currently. pic.twitter.com/OezdGiZGJg— Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) March 15, 2019