Millions Mobilize For Climate Strike

Millions of people all over the world took to the streets to call for action on climate change. Ana Kasparian, Adrienne Lawrence, and Maz Jobrani, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT:

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“Hundreds of thousands of students from across the globe took the lead during a day of climate protests before next week’s United Nations summit on climate change.

“We deserve a safe future and we demand a safe future,” said Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who recently raised awareness about reducing carbon footprints by sailing across the Atlantic in a racing yacht.

“Is that really too much to ask?” she told a packed crowd of schoolchildren, their parents and demonstrators in New York before addressing next week’s climate conference at the United Nations.

Organizers said 800 events were planned across the U.S., including Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, capping off a day of rallies across the globe from Sydney to Kabul to Berlin to Istanbul. Many centered on specific goals, including stopping approvals for new mining or drilling projects and switching entirely to renewable sources of energy by 2030.

In the Solomon Islands, protests sprang up over rising sea levels. Hundreds of schoolchildren in Thailand burst into the headquarters of the environment ministry in Bangkok and then lay down to mimic their own extinction.

In Germany, police in cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich warned that central areas would be shut down as tens of thousands of people joined the rallies, including one in front of the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In Australia, about 300,000 people took part in a series of rallies, including around 100,000 who crowded into a park in Sydney, double the size of a previous protest in March. Many of the attendees held placards with slogans such as “There is No Planet B.”

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