What is the Global Climate Strike movement all about?

Students in more than 2,000 cities across the world are holding demonstrations under the #FridaysforFuture movement, protesting inaction towards climate change.

Millions of adults will be joining them in the Global #ClimateStrike. While students will be walking out of classrooms, adults will be walking out of their workplaces and homes. Both movements will last for a week, commencing today and ending on September 27.

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According to the #FFF website, students and adults from 185 countries will be participating in the week-long demonstrations. “In thousands of events taking place from September 20th through 27th, millions of us will walk out of our classrooms, workplaces and homes to join together in the streets and demand climate action and climate justice,” the #FFF website says. The strikes are registered to take place in over 2,350 cities.

In India, apart from major cities such as New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai, strikes have been scheduled in Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya and Assam among several other places spread across the length and breadth of the country.

In the present phase of the strikes, students are demanding “urgent” and “decisive” action in order to keep global average temperatures from rising above 1.5 degree Celsius. The global strikes will commence just as the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 is set to take place in New York on September 23, where Thunberg has been invited.

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