Thousands of students from around the world are walking out of class to protest climate change inaction in what could be of the biggest environmental strikes to take place.
Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who last year conducted a solitary protest on the steps of Swedish parliament, hordes of other young climate change activists in at least 112 countries skipped school on Friday to participate in the global demonstration, Vox noted.
Students from the United Kingdom to Australia, France, Germany, and Thailand, took to the streets to demand their governments take a stronger stance on tackling climate change. Their message was simple: "We will rise until we see climate justice."
The global coordination group of the youth-led climate strike stated in a letter to the Guardian that they demanded to see the world decision makers take responsibility to solve the global climate crises.
"We demand justice for all past, current and future victims of the climate crisis," the letter read.
The movement has gained traction and moved to the U.S., where strikes were planned for over 100 cities.
At the helm of the protests were a handful of students that included Isra Hirsi, daughter of first-term Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who announced on Twitter her plans to attend the strike in Washington, DC. Commenting on her involvement in the movement, Hirsi told GreenPeace that the time to act was now.
"We are here and we’re never going to back down. This one strike is not the endgame. We’re not going to shut up. Adults — if you feel uncomfortable now, you’re going to feel uncomfortable for a while," Hirsi said.