Student Led Global Climate Change Protests

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Student Led Global Climate Change Protests

Fed up with the lack of action by adults on climate change, students in 1301 protests in 99 countries around the world are planning to protest on March 15th and May 3rd to protest the failure of previous generations including those currently in power to deal with the global existential problem of the 21st century, one that will have a greater impact on youth than any previous generation. The protests are open to people of all ages. It all started with a 15 year old girl with autism, Greta Thunberg, protesting alone outside the Swedish parliament last August and has avalanched into a worldwide movement that has already staged several protests. 

Below is a list of the number of protests in each of the 99 countries where protests will be staged.



By clicking on the circles on the global map of the url below, you can find a March 15th Fridays For Future climate change protest near you, including 42 in Canada.


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Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can't’

Greta Thunberg … ‘I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything.’

Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.

Eight months on, the picture could not be more different. The pigtailed teenager is feted across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. National presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticised by her, face to face. Her skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages. And, most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.

On March 15, when she returns to the cobblestones (as she has done almost every Friday in rain, sun, ice and snow), it will be as a figurehead for a vast and growing movement. The global climate strike this Friday is gearing up to be one of the biggest environmental protests the world has ever seen. As it approaches, Thunberg is clearly excited.

“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.”.....

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Global Student Strike 4 Climate!- Lekwungen Territory

March 15,  12 PM – 2 PM

British Columbia Parliament Buildings

This action is taking place on the unceded homeland of the Lekwungen peoples of Songhees and Esquimault nation and we acknowledge that the climate crisis is a by-product of colonialism and capitalism which Indigenous peoples have resisted since first contact and which settler allies seek to resist, confront and transform in our daily lives as guests on these sacred territories.



In Montréal, 12 h 45  - Au sud du Monument George-Étienne Cartier du Parc du Mont-Royal

That is the monument with the Angel - and the tam-tams.

Yes, I'm going, though I was also at environmental demos in the 1970s. I hope I can find my ecosocialist badge.

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..i'm hearing 100 of thousands striking. i have a busy day ahead of me but will post when i can. starting with this. :)

Düsseldorf, Germany

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Trafalgar Square

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Tens Of Thousands Of Quebec Students Are On Strike Today To Demand Action On Climate Change (Photos & Videos)

Earlier today, at least 65,000 Quebec students skipped school to take part in a province-wide protest demanding action on climate change. Protests and marches will also be held in 100 other countries across the world, with high school and university students walking out of class to pressure political leaders to adopt more comprehensive environmental policies.

The worldwide march was first inspired by 16-year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, whose speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos went viral and inspired millions to follow her lead in activism.

Today, March 15, events are planned across Quebec in cities such as Montreal, Quebéc City, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Joliette, Rimsouski, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé, Sept-Iles and more.

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Organizers now estimate 1 million people have gone on strike worldwide, to protest inaction on climate change.


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Pictured below are students protesting outside Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in San Francisco, California. Both Pelosi and her fellow Democratic lawmaker, US Senator Diane Feinstein, have been criticized by climate change protesters.

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The climate strikers’ urgency has inspired me to call a UN summit


My generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change. This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry.

Despite years of talk, global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the highest it has been in 3m years. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3-4°C in the last 50 years. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.

Thankfully, we have the Paris agreement – a visionary, viable, forward-looking policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact. But the agreement itself is meaningless without ambitious action.

That is why I am bringing world leaders together at a climate action summit later this year. I am calling on all leaders to come to New York in September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to net zero by 2050.

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Prague, Czech Republic

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..the original is in french. this is chromium translated. 

Several NGOs sign a platform "For a climate and social spring"

Will the climate protests become employee demonstrations for more social justice? In any case, the bet of various NGOs and trade unions that sign this Wednesday a forum entitled "For a climate and social spring". Among the signatories ATTAC, Oxfam and the CGT

"On March 16, we will be on the streets, at the call of hundreds of organizations and trade unions, citizen movements, yellow vests.Whether we work for the climate, for social justice or against police violence and against all the racism that plagues society and institutions, we will walk together. We will denounce the effects of a financial capitalism that explodes social inequalities and that increasingly exploits nature, without taking into account the ecological disasters generated. We will denounce all forms of discrimination, the actions of multinationals, banks, financial institutions and government policy, which favors this system while denigrating and repressing the movements that oppose it. We will bring the hope of an egalitarian society, respectful of the dignity of people and our environment, based on cooperation, solidarity and sharing,   

The people, the movements, the organizations that fight in this way are incessantly repressed and violated, sometimes killed. The norm seems to be reversed: those who defend the general interest are treated like criminals. Since the beginning of the yellow vests, the violence has resulted in thousands of injuries, including some seriously, more than 20 mutilations and one death. Generally speaking, we demand truth and justice for all victims of police violence and oppose the use of immobilization techniques and lethal weapons used by the police. We denounce the law "anticasseurs", which attacks the right to protest. This violence is in addition to that of the state, exercised against a large part of its population, against the poorest, against racialized people. against migrants, hunted and treated in unworthy conditions. In a context where racism is progressing, we rise against all forms of discrimination that deprive their victims of their rights to employment, housing, health and education.


First signatories :

  • Action-Aid Peoples Solidarity, Birthe Pedersen, President  
  • Association of Maghrebian Workers of France, Nacer El Idrissi  
  • Association Adéquations, Yveline Nicolas, coordinator  
  • Attac France, Aurélie Trouvé, Spokesperson  
  • BLOOM, Sabine Rosset, General Manager  
  • Carre Geo & Environment France, Ibrahim MBAMOKO, Executive Secretary  
  • CCFD Terre Solidaire, Benoit Faucheux, General Delegate  
  • Water Coordination Île de France, Jean Claude Olliva, Director  
  • International Coalition of the Sans-Papiers and Migrants, integration 21  
  • International Coalition of the Undocumented and Migrant-75, Sissoko Anzoumane  
  • CGT, Philippe Martinez, Secretary General  
  • Truth and Justice Committee for Adama, Youcef Brakni and Assa Traore  
  • Collective Truth and Justice for Ali Ziri, Omar Slaouti  
  • Collective Teachers for the Planet  
  • Collectif Sarthois "For a Land more Human", Georges LEMEE, President  
  • Collective Stolen Lives, Collective Truth and Justice for Lamine Dieng, Ramata Dieng  
  • CRID, Emmanuel Poilane, President  
  • Right to housing, Jean-Baptiste Eyraud, spokesperson  
  • Ende Gelande France  
  • France Nature Environment, Michel Dubromel, President  
  • United Front of Immigrations and Popular Neighborhoods, Said Bouamama  
  • Copernic Foundation, Janette Habel  
  • ELYX Foundation, Yacine AIT KACI, Vice President  
  • France Libertés, Jérémie Chomette, General Delegate  
  • The Movement, Elliot Lepers, General Manager  
  • Human Rights League, Malik Salemcourt, President    
  • Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples, Jean-François Quantin, Co-Chair of MRAP  
  • Our Affair to All, Clotilde Bato, President of Our affair to all  
  • Oxfam France, Cécile Duflot, General Delegate  
  • Faith and Justice Network Africa Europe, Jean-Louis Marolleau, Executive Secretary  
  • Sherpa, Sandra Cossart, Director  
  • SOL, Agroecological and solidarity alternatives, Jacques Godard co-president  
  • Citizen Science, Kevin Jean, President  
  • Union syndicale Solidaires, Eric Beynel, spokesperson  
  • Popular solidarity zone, Paris 18th, Denis Godart  
  • ZEA, Olivier Dubuquoy  
  •, Clémence Dubois, Spokesperson

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According to we have already passed way over one million students on school strike today.

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Officially more than 150,000 students on in Montreal, the number just came in!!

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Youth climate strike: 'a diagnosis being made en masse,' says ER doc


There is a sense of a diagnosis being made, en masse. The children of the world have shunned the system created by adults—the schools, as being inadequate to the moment. They are looking into each other’s eyes, confirming that climate change is an existential threat to their health and well-being, and that their elders have failed to protect them. The leadership of adults is being questioned on an unprecedented global scale.

There is comfort (and inaction) in the feeling that someone, somewhere is probably taking care of things. There is silence and loneliness, particularly for young people who are just feeling their way into adult spaces, in the thought, “this seems horribly off to me, but no one else is saying anything, so maybe I’m wrong.”

That has been stripped away. The scale of the climate crisis and the threat it poses to human life has just been made clear in the starkest possible terms by youthful truth-tellers.

There is tremendous value in stating a diagnosis out loud. In the Emergency Department trauma room, it gets the team on the same page and is the beginning of an adequate plan.

Children are no longer worried and lonely. They have joined forces. They are rising. The youthful leaders of my profession in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations say this of themselves, “We are too young to know what is impossible. So we do it anyway.” And they do.


Well, I'm not currently a student, and no longer young but I was there! It was HUGE here in Montréal.

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Quebec students join global marches to demand climate change action

A human wave of chanting, sign-waving protesters made their way downtown from the base of Montreal's Mount Royal on Friday as they joined a series of student-led marches around the world demanding that government take action on climate change.

A beating drum signalled the beginning of the march, which spanned several city blocks as thousands of students and other protesters denounced what they see as government's failure to take action to stop an impending climate crisis.

Earlier Friday, students formed human chains around six Montreal high schools, forcing the cancellation of morning classes.


"Although individual actions are crucial, the fact is that collective and institutional decisions must be taken to reflect the seriousness of the situation," read a statement by a group of university organizers.

"While the student population is investing in education that is costly in money and time, in precarious conditions accentuated by indebtedness, unpaid internships and a culture of competitive performance, climate change is increasingly threatening the future for which they struggle."

The group said 150,000 students were on strike, representing 120 student associations....