Young People Rallied Worldwide To Demand Climate Action
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Reuters Reports: World's youth rallies against climate change
On Friday, youth activists came together, led by Greta Thunberg, yo demand urgent action against climate change. This was their first global protest since the pandemic started.
With wild weather wreaking havoc across the world – from fires ravaging the U.S. West, to abnormal heatwaves in the Siberian Arctic and record floods in China – organisers said their aim was to remind politicians that, while the world focused on COVID-19, the climate crisis was more acute than ever.
Demonstrations were planned in more than 3,100 locations, ensuring limited sizes of social gatherings, much of which was online.
“We need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis. It’s just as simple as that. The climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis and unless we treat it as a crisis we won’t be able to, so-called, ‘solve’ it,” Thunberg told reporters.
In Berlin, police said nearly 10,000 people took part in the demonstrations.
The demonstrations focused on communities that have contributed little to greenhouse gas emissions but will be drastically impacted if climate conditions continue to worsen. They are vulnerable to violent storms, rising seas, and locust plagues.
Activist Vanessa Nakate, who led 30 young demonstrators in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday, said the climate change debate has tended to sideline voices from vulnerable developing regions.