Hundreds of thousands join children's climate strikes in Europe

Crowds of young people joined the climate protests in Rome and other cities
Crowds of young people joined the climate protests in Rome and other cities

Hundreds of thousands of youths demonstrated across European cities on Friday in the second in a global series of protests to avert a climate catastrophe.

Waving signs and yelling slogans, schoolchildren and students in Italian cities were among those joining the latest "Friday for Future" rallies.

Organisers said 200,000 people joined a march in Milan while another major rally snaked through the centre of Rome. Demos were called in some 180 Italian cities.

"Be part of the solution, not the pollution," they yelled.

Tens of thousands of people also marched in Vienna and other cities, making it Austria's biggest climate rally day so far.

In Budapest, thousands of mostly schoolchildren took to the streets, exceeding past participation, with rallies held in several other Hungarian cities.

They answered the call of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, the figurehead of the movement against climate change.

She led the first of the major demos last week, when vast crowds filled the streets in cities worldwide.

Scientists warn time is running out for world leaders to curb global warming, blamed for an increase in environmental disasters.

Schools in Italy and some schools in Austria let pupils out to join in the rallies—a trend already reported in several other countries during last week's rallies.

Friday's main event was set to unfold in Montreal, Canada, where Thunberg was scheduled to appear later.

"I have goose bumps today. It is really emotional. Greta has called us and we are there," a 17-year-old demonstrator in Rome who identified himself as Simone told AFP.

"We want to live on this planet the way it is."


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Sep 27, 2019
The fact is, those who claim to care about "climate change" really don't.
Those who care have common traits. They don't necessarily accept explanations they are ordered to believe. They can involve themselves in the subject, even to having their own ideas and looking into alternative explanations, even if just to see if they make sense. And they certainly won't accept specious dodges as "proofs" alternative ideas are "false"! Chemtrails, not "fossil fuels" cause aberrant weather, but those who claim to care won't even say the word.
And, face it, what are those who claim to care doing? Going on marches with banners and placards. Staging sit ins outside legislators' office doors with signs and banners. Playing truant from school to display placards and signs. How many of these have accomplished anything? None think to appeal to God for help, and, when God acts, He does so in a way that will not be mistaken for the acts of men.

Sep 27, 2019
The fact is, those who claim to care about "climate change" really don't.
Those who care have common traits. They don't necessarily accept explanations they are ordered to believe. They can involve themselves in the subject, even to having their own ideas and looking into alternative explanations, even if just to see if they make sense. And they certainly won't accept specious dodges as "proofs" alternative ideas are "false"! Chemtrails, not "fossil fuels" cause aberrant weather, but those who claim to care won't even say the word.
And, face it, what are those who claim to care doing? Going on marches with banners and placards. Staging sit ins outside legislators' office doors with signs and banners. Playing truant from school to display placards and signs. How many of these have accomplished anything? None think to appeal to God for help, and, when God acts, He does so in a way that will not be mistaken for the acts of men.


Religious BS.

Sep 28, 2019
Did Greta take non-fossil-fuel driven vehicle to reach Montreal?

Sep 30, 2019
it is political brainwash on children. shameful!
there is a long history of failed climate apocalypse predictions. children do not have the skeptical skill and information to doubt the hysteria. Global warming is still a contentious science but even more contentious is the impacts and the possible mitigations. very likely it will not be the end of the world, far from it. children are also being force fed a solution that is reduced carbon emissions. there are other solutions like geo engeneering.
teachers should be ashamed.

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