Climate strike: US students walk out of classes as part of global protest – live

Young people, inspired by Greta Thunberg, rally on 15 March to press politicians to act on climate change

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Alexandria Villsenor, 13, has spent every Friday since December wrapped in a coat outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City, protesting inaction on climate change.

She, Isra Hirsi of Minnesota (US Representative Ilhan Omar’s daughter) and Haven Coleman from Colorado organized the US Youth Climate Strike.

My generation knows that climate change will be the biggest problem we’ll have to face,” Villasenor said. “It’s upsetting that my generation has to push these leaders to take action. We aren’t going to stop striking until some more laws are passed.”

Related: ‘We won’t stop striking’: the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change

8.32pm GMT

From the 16-year-old who inspired these marches, and now a Nobel Prize nominee, Greta Thunberg:

According to we have already passed way over one million students on school strike today.
Over 2000 places in 125 countries on all continents.
And we have only just started! #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate
(picture from Prague, Czech Republic)

Related: Greta Thunberg: how her school strike went global – podcast

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Source: theguardian