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Hundreds of thousands youths participate in worldwide climate change protests, strikes

Hundreds of thousands of youth worldwide participated in a school strike calling for quick action on climate change.

The call for school strike over the issue was given by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world on Friday.

Teenagers on the streets of Paris warned governments there would be no summer let-up in their efforts to push for stronger action on climate change. International green campaigners have called a global strike for September 20.

“I should be at school, revising for my French baccalaureat – but I’d rather be here, for my future,” said Jules, 17, who only wanted to give his first name.

He and five friends decided to skip school despite end-of-year exams creeping up, to participate in what is thought to have been one of the biggest global climate actions by young people yet, mobilising hundreds of thousands.

Organisers say strikes and demonstrations took place in more than 1,600 places in 110 countries – from New Zealand to Syria and Venezuela.

The students are following in the footsteps of 16-year-old Thunberg who has been credited with starting the movement.

Forty weeks ago, the Swedish climate activist started skipping school every Friday to protest climate change outside Stockholm’s parliament, inspiring a large global strike on March 15, in which an estimated 1.5 million young people took part.

“I think politicians around the world think the movement will fade and that people will stop striking, especially with the summer break coming up,” said Laure Miro, 16, striking for the second time in Paris.

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