Worldwide climate strike, reports


Teachers from the Beal High School in Redbridge joined the strike by their pupils on the massive march in London’s Millbank

From daily News Line in Britain:

World Climate Strike!

21st September 2019

MILLIONS of youth supported by trade unionists walked out of their schools, colleges and universities yesterday, in one hundred and fifty countries across the world in the biggest ever global youth strike over climate change.

From America to Africa, Australia to Europe, right across the length and breadth of Asia youth rose up demanding an end to capitalism and its destruction of the environment and people’s lives.

Because of the different time zones Australian youth were first out. Organisers estimated 300,000 people turned out for the global climate strike in Australia. Protests were staged in 110 towns and cities across the country.

Hours later in Thailand, more than 200 young people stormed the Environment Ministry in Bangkok and dropped to the ground feigning death.

In India’s New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, students rose up.

Rallies were also held in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Johannesburg and the South African capital, Pretoria.

More than 800 protests were held across all 50 US states and in Europe vast demonstrations took place in country after country.

In the UK for the first time workers in their trade unions joined the youth strike.

General Secretary of the UCU Jo Grady said: ‘We passed a motion unanimously at the TUC congress supporting the global youth climate strike action.

‘How will the youth of the world forgive us if we don’t back them. Capitalism has no future for us!’

She added: ‘These global demonstrations are the biggest since the Iraq anti-war demonstrations in 2003.’

She concluded by saying: ‘Military, especially the US military are the worst energy users.’

BEIS workers on indefinite strike, teachers and lecturers, art workers from the Tate Modern and South Bank Centre and zero-hours workers from the National Theatre joined tens of thousands of school youth and students who marched towards Parliament to London’s Millbank.

Jack Jeans from the Tate United PCS branch told News Line: ‘The crisis of capitalism is hitting the most vulnerable people in the world. They are paying the price for the exploitation of the world and it requires a serious political response.’

A group of LSE students joined the BEIS strikers marching to Millbank from their picket line in Victoria Street.

Isabela, from Student Climate Action, said: ‘We were kettled by the police so we couldn’t bring our whole contingent. It’s important for students to unite with the trade unions.

‘It’s the same economic system that is exploiting workers across the world that is driving climate change and inhibiting our future.’

4 thoughts on “Worldwide climate strike, reports

  1. The vast majority of American teenagers are worried about the damage that humans are causing to our planet, according to the latest polls. And one in four are taking action.

    Our Revolution will be standing with our nation’s youth today, as the student-led “Fridays for the Future” movement mobilizes millions across the country – and 150 countries across the globe – to strike for the future of our planet.

    Today’s Global Climate Strike promises to be one of the largest environmental protests in history. And Our Revolution is proud to be a national sponsor.

    To join the global movement to save our planet, find an event near you.

    Scientists agree that we have 11 years to prevent irreversible damage from climate change.

    Today, young and old will come together to demand our leaders work to end our reliance on fossil fuels – and lead the transition to a clean energy future.

    As Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager leading the Global Climate Strike, said: “I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”

    To join the global movement to save our planet, find an event near you.

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