Thousands of people around the world are taking part in the latest round of climate demonstration, urging political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at a United Nations conference next week.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who sparked the global movement, had been due to join a student strike in Lisbon, but her environmentally friendly voyage across the Atlantic from New York by sailboat was hit by high winds, delaying her by a few days.
She sent a message of support to protesters, saying ‘Everyone’s needed. Everyone’s welcome. Join us.’
Portugal’s student movement still expected thousands to join marches on Friday, building on the celebrity activist’s imminent arrival to mobilise ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Madrid from December 2-13.
Young people take part in a demonstration against climate change during the Youth Climate Protest in Warsaw today
Studens holding placards attend the Global Climate Strike of the movement Fridays for Future, in Hamburg, Germany
In Cambridge, England, children stand behind a banner which reads: ‘Kids take back Black Friday. Consumerism = climate crisis’
In Budapest, Hungary, thousands waving placards marched together with some dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale
Students take part in a ‘Fridays for Future’ climate change rally today and march behind a ‘climate election’ banner referencing the upcoming General Election
‘We wish she’d been here, but the movement has to carry on without her. We’ve got to send our message and pressure politicians ahead of the climate summit,’ Marianna Louca, 14, told Reuters.
Friday’s School Strike for Climate is taking place in 2,300 cities in 153 countries around the world, according to estimates by the climate campaign group Friday For Future.
In Warsaw, activists, some in gas masks, chanted and waved banners saying: ‘Save our planet’, ‘Plastics plague our oceans’ and ‘Poland without coal 2030’.
In Berlin, protesters in swimming costumes dived into the chilly waters of the river Spree, holding up a white box in a symbolic attempt to rescue the government’s climate change package.
Activists of the BUNDjugend protest against the climate package (Klimapaket) of the German government with a bathing action in the Spree river next to the Parliament
A demonstrator has painted the sign of the extinction rebellion on his face as he attends a Fridays for Future movement demonstration in Duesseldorf
Protesters in swimming costumes dived into the chilly waters of the river Spree, holding up a white box in a symbolic attempt to rescue the government’s climate change package
Despite the cold weather and icy waters, some stripped down to their bikinis and had an Extinction Rebellion sign drawn on their bodies
The climate package was blocked Friday by Germany’s upper house, which represents the country’s 16 states
People holding placards saying ‘Stop the climate crisis’ shout slogans in Cologne, Germany, today as protests take place around the world
Young people attend a protest of the Fridays For Future movement in Berlin today with many holding homemade placards
The package was blocked Friday by Germany’s upper house, which represents the country’s 16 states.
Activists protested at Amazon sites around France, using the annual Black Friday shopping frenzy to denounce what they said was the destructive effect of rampant consumerism, in a backlash against the event driven in part by environmental concerns.
Several dozen protesters staged a dawn sit-in outside an Amazon building in the Clichy district of Paris, holding up a sign saying: ‘No to Amazon and its world.’
In Australia, students in Sydney and other major cities walked out of class, saying more should be done to combat the country’s bushfire crisis, which many see as a result of climate change.
Two young women take part in the protests in Rome today, with one having the words ‘save the planet’ written on her face
In Turin, a protester holds a sign which references teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s speech in front of Donald Trump when she said to world leaders ‘how dare you?’
One protester brought a sign riffing on the opening line to Queen’s iconic song Bohemian Rhapsody
Students hold a banner reading ‘Climate is changing, why aren’t we?’ in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome
In Turin, students dressed in black wave banners and placards, one of which at the front reads ‘there is no Planet B’
In Rome, protesters waved witty homemade placards, one of which read: ‘The planet is getting hotter than Matthew Daddario’, referencing the Shadowhunters actor
A student wearing a dust mask marches during a demonstration as part of the Fridays for Future movement for climate change
Australia has for weeks been battling wildfires, which have killed at least four people, burnt about 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush and destroyed more than 500 homes.
Holding home-made signs, including ‘The climate is changing, why aren’t we?’, protesters in Sydney accused the government of inadequate action in addressing the bushfire crisis. Smoke from bushfires in New South Wales state formed a haze overhead.
‘Our government’s inaction on the climate crisis has supercharged bushfires,’ said 18-year-old Shiann Broderic, one of the event’s organisers, whose home was destroyed in a bushfire.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected suggestions his government is not doing enough on climate change.
Student activists from School Strike for Climate Australia hold a ‘Solidarity Sit-down’ protest outside of the office of the Liberal Party of Australia in Sydney
Students in Sydney, Australia, are protesting the number of bushfires in the country, saying they are increasing due to climate change
Students and protestors march through the streets of the Sydney CBD today to protest against climate change
Participants hold up placards as they take part in call for action on climate change with a couple of hundred people during a march in Tokyo
Thousands of people around the world are taking part in the latest round of climate demonstration, including in Tokyo
Millions of people took to the streets last month in nearly every major global city for the strikes and in Tokyo today protesters were protesting against coal
Climate change activists lie on the floor as they stage a ‘drop dead’ flashmob protest against climate change consequences at Lumpini Park in Bangkok
Australia has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 26% from 2005 levels by 2030, but recent data shows emissions are unchanged.
Janet Reynolds in Sydney said she had lost everything in an ‘inferno, an absolute firestorm that raced through my property.’ Student Daisy Jeffrey added: ‘People have lost their homes, people have lost their lives. We have to ask: How far does this have to go before our government finally takes action?’
In South Africa, a few dozen people holdings signs saying ‘Not Cool’ and ‘Stop Pollution Now’ protested outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the summer heat of the Southern Hemisphere.
One protester lay on the ground faking death, holding a sign saying ‘Black Friday Reason to Grieve.’
A huge banner reading ‘Consumerism = Climate Crisis’, hangs in the facade of a commercial building at Gran Via avenue, in downtown Madrid
Students shout slogans as they protest against climate change during the worldwide ‘Fridays for Future’ rally in front of the Parliament in Lisbon
Greta Thunberg, who sparked the global movement, had been due to join a student strike in Lisbon, but her environmentally friendly voyage across the Atlantic from New York by sailboat was hit by high winds
A man holds an hour-glass reading ‘Climate Emergency Now!’ during a protest against climate change during the worldwide ‘Fridays for Future’ rally in front of the Parliament in Lisbon
Africa contributes least to climate change and is the least prepared to deal with it. Temperatures in parts of the continent are projected to rise more quickly than the global average.
‘The reality is that we have a climate change emergency,’ protest organizer Elana Azrai said. She noted water shortages in parts of the country amid a drought in southern Africa.
Elsewhere, officials have raised the alarm over unusually severe rainfall in East Africa and a pair of cyclones that ripped into Mozambique within weeks of each other early this year.
Scores of young Nigerians marched in downtown Lagos displaying messages such as ‘There is no planet B’ and ‘Stop Denying the Earth is Dying’ as passing vehicles slowed and honked in support.
The megacity is Africa’s most populous and is among its coastal cities threatened by rising sea levels.