Four million took to the streets in worldwide #ClimateStrike protests
Four million people, led mostly by school children, took to the streets across the globe calling for urgent action to tackle climate change.
Children and students walked out of lessons and were joined by parents, campaigners and workers as part of the worldwide #ClimateStrike movement which is thought to be the largest environmental protest in history.
Thousands rallied across the UK while mass demonstrations also took place in Germany, where 1.4million marched, as well as Australia, Asia, Africa and other European cities.
Inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who first started skipping class to protest climate change last year, the movement has since snowballed into global demonstrations.
‘If you belong to the small number of people who feel threatened by us, then we have some very bad news for you: This is just the beginning. Change is coming – like it or not,’ the teenager tweeted early on Saturday.
The 16-year-old Swedish activist told thousands marching through New York City: ‘This is an emergency. Our house is on fire.’
She said ‘the eyes of the world’ will be on global leaders attending next week’s UN Climate Summit.
‘They have a chance to prove that they too are united behind the science, they have a chance to take leadership, to prove they actually hear us,’ Greta continued.
‘It should not be that way. We should not be the ones who are fighting for the future, and yet here we are.’
Thousands more took to the streets in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Virginia.
In the UK, around 100,000 people took part in a rally in central London, with more than 20,000 thought to have marched in Edinburgh and 10,000 in Brighton as crowds flocked on to the streets around the UK.
In Belfast, organisers put the turnout at between 3,000 and 4,000, with young people taking over the Corn Market area of the city centre and staging a “mass die-in”, before marching towards City Hall.
Some of Friday’s first protests were held in Australia, where an estimated 300,000 people gathered at more than 100 rallies calling for action to guard against climate change.
Campaign group 350.org estimates that in Europe alone there were 1,500 events in 38 different countries.
Germany is believed to have accounted for 1.4 million of the total figure and huge crowds filled the streets in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg among dozens of other towns and cities.
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