Climate strike: US students walk out of classes as part of global protest

 Scores of young people, including many students staging a walkout from school, attend the Philly Youth Climate Strike in Philadelphia’s Love Park in solidarity with dozens of similar marches around the world, March 15, 2019. Their concerns include unchecked pollution and other environmental risk factors they feel are not being adequately addressed by adults in government and society. Photograph: Michael Candelori/REX/Shutterstock

Scores of young people, including many students staging a walkout from school, attend the Philly Youth Climate Strike in Philadelphia’s Love Park in solidarity with dozens of similar marches around the world, March 15, 2019. Their concerns include unchecked pollution and other environmental risk factors they feel are not being adequately addressed by adults in government and society.Tens of thousands of young people took to the streets on Friday with a clear message to world leaders: act now to save our planet and our future from the climate emergency.

These schoolchildren have grasped something that seems to elude many of their elders: we are in a race for our lives, and we are losing. The window of opportunity is closing – we no longer have the luxury of time, and climate delay is almost as dangerous as climate denial.

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…

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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