Climate protests: Marches worldwide against global warming

Millions march against climate change worldwide

Millions of people around the world held a global climate strike on Friday, inspired by activist Greta Thunberg. Protesters across continents waved placards and chanted slogans in what could be the biggest ever demonstration over global warming caused by humans. “Our house is on fire”, Ms Thunberg said at rally in New York.

Millions of people around the world held a global climate strike on Friday, inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.

Protesters across continents waved placards and chanted slogans in what could be the biggest ever demonstration over global warming caused by humans.

The day began in the Pacific and Asia and culminated in a massive demonstration in New York.

It comes ahead of a UN summit next week at the organisation’s headquarters in Manhattan. Activists are demanding greater efforts be made at the meeting to tackle climate change.

In Australia, 350,000 people are thought to have joined protests across the country, with some local authorities encouraging school children and workers to take part.

The country is already suffering from soaring temperatures, and warming seas have contributed to the death of half the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s north-east coast.

The 16-year-old travelled to the US by boat in August, refusing to fly or take a cruise ship due to the emissions those modes of transport cause.

Ahead of her address to the UN next week, Ms Thunberg told US politicians they must do more to combat climate change.

“Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it,” she said.

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