The Earth’s Climate is Changing

The world is getting warmer. Humans have a lot to do with this. As things heat up it puts a strain on animals and habitats.

Students across the world skipped school and went on strike in a fight against climate change.

Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, environmentally conscious students are calling for the government to take action on global warming.

Greta Thunberg began a solo climate protest by striking from school in Sweden in August 2018. More than 20,000 students around the world have now joined her since. The school strikes have spread to at least 270 towns and cities in countries across the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the US and Japan.

The Youth Strikes for Climate movement managed to organise more than 500 events on 15 March across 51 countries.

“For 25 years countless people have come to the UN climate conferences begging our world leaders to stop emissions and clearly that has not worked as emissions are continuing to rise. So I will not beg the world leaders to care for our future,” she said. “I will instead let them know change is coming whether they like it or not.”

“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” she said. “We have to understand what the older generation has dealt to us, what mess they have created that we have to clean up and live with. We have to make our voices heard.”

Greta Thunberg

The strikes were supported by Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief when the Paris deal to fight global warming was signed in 2015. She said: “It’s time to heed the deeply moving voice of youth. The Paris Agreement was a step in the right direction, but it’s timely implementation is key.” Michael Liebreich, a clean energy expert, said: “Anyone who thinks [the strikes] will fizzle out any time soon has forgotten what it is to be young.”

Students planned to skip school across Western Europe, from the US to Brazil and Chile, and from Australia to Iran, India and Japan.

Here are a few things you can do to help fight climate change when you aren’t on a strike, taken from our fantastic guide to climate change.

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