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Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history.

“This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice,” wrote the Swedish activist and strike leader Greta Thunberg with other young climate activists in the Guardian Friday. “We knew there was a climate crisis ... We knew, because everything we read and watched screamed out to us that something was very wrong.”

Greta Thunberg, 16, speaks a strike outside of the Swedish parliament house, Riksdagen, in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 15.
Greta Thunberg speaks at a strike outside of the Swedish parliament house in Stockholm on March 15.
 Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Thunberg, 16, began skipping school to strike in front of Sweden’s parliament in August. Soon students in other countries began to follow her lead in what became the Fridays for Futuremovement.

As her media presence has grown, Thunberg has become the voice of youth exasperation with policymakers’ failure to mandate dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in the face of catastrophic climate change. “Our house is on fire,” she said in a January speech at Davos. “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

What Thunberg and her fellow protesters want from governments now is to “keep fossil fuels in the ground, phase out subsidies for dirty energy production, seriously invest in renewables and start asking difficult questions about how we structure our economies and who is set to win and who is set to lose,” as they put it in the Guardian. And they have the backing of thousands of scientists who’ve signed letters of support.

Here are some of the best photos and video we saw of the strikes in the United States and around the world.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.James Gourley/Getty Images
Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.James Gourley/Getty Images
Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.Don Arnold/Getty Images

Seoul, South Korea

South Korean students participate in a Climate Strike rally on March 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
South Korean students participate in a Climate Strike rally on March 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
South Korean students participate in a Climate Strike rally on March 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Delhi, India

An Indian child carries a placard as she participates in a school strike called ‘Fridays for future’ to protest against climate change in New Delhi, India, on March 15, 2019.Laurène Becquart/AFP/Getty Images
Indian school students hold placards as they take part in a protest against global warming in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images
Indian school students shout slogans during a protest against global warming in New Delhi on March 15, 2019. Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

San Francisco, California

Students march along Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Ben Margot/AP
Students march along Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco.Ben Margot/AP

London, England

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