Over 1 million students from more than 110 countries are expected to band together in protest this Friday. The students are reaching out to politicians and big corporations to make essential changes to combat climate change. The protests were sparked off by renowned student, Greta Thunberg, famous for her strike outside parliament in Sweden last year.
At the time Thunberg was 15 years old, but despite her youth, she decided to tackle a very mature subject as she refused to go to class unless Swedish politicians made a change. What she didn’t realize at the time, was how much of an impression her display would make. A variety of movements throughout Europe, U.S, and Australia started to emerge, known as School Strike for Climate, or Fridays for Future. The previous collaborative global strike happened on the 15th of March where around 1.6 million students in 125 countries made their statement by walking out on their classes.
Making an impact
Australia recently experienced its warmest season ever recorded. Drastic climate shifts have caused heat-waves, droughts, and the decline of glacier stability worldwide. Last year, carbon emissions hit record breaking levels as a panel backed by the United Nations said that emissions need to be cut in the next decade if we hope to balance our delicate climate situation. A recent UN report said that over 1 million plant and animals species are under threat of extinction.
An organizer from New Zealand, Sophie Hanford, says that the Friday protests were just the start. Many students claim that their Friday boycotts will carry on unless their respective country abides to the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which is aimed at constraining worldwide temperatures from reaching 1.5C (34.7F) higher than pre-industrial levels.
The idea has gained momentum as protests were orchestrated in Afghanistan, India, Thailand, and Japan. Meanwhile in London, protesters plan on cycling to Parliament Square to give their demonstration to fight air pollution caused by motor vehicles.