Climate Action

Climate strikes around the world expected to break turnout record

Around the world, students are expected to come out in force to promote the climate emergency.

  • 24 May 2019
  • Rachel Cooper

Around the world, students are expected to come out in force to promote the climate emergency.

On Friday 24 May, students from around the world will skip school to strike for climate action, with organisers saying more than 1.4 million people are expected to attend the strike.

The Fridays for Future campaign has been running for 40 weeks now, and protesters won’t stop until tangible solutions are provided and put into place.

Last month, after the two week Extinction Rebellion strike, the UK government declared a ‘climate emergency’.

But protesters have said now leaders need to “put their money where their mouth is” and invest in a net zero world.

This week, the UK Student Climate Network published an open letter to the Government and Educational Institutions to demand immediate changes to the educational system.

The UKSCN want the climate emergency to be in the school curriculum to educate the next generation on the “severity of the crisis we are facing”.

Last summer, Australia has their hottest summer on record which saw climate-related risks such as droughts and floods increase significantly. Yesterday, to highlight the crisis to leaders, millions of students across Australia took part in the protests.

The protests have made a significant impact on global media and forced world leaders to listen.

Last month, Greta Thunberg, who started the climate strike revolution, visited global leaders, including UK MPs at Parliament. Although Prime Minister Theresa May was not in attendance, Greta met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Green party member Caroline Lucas.

Mia Spilopoulou from Harpenden, who has marched before and intends to continue until action is taken, told Climate Action: “It’s not going to change unless we persist and make them change.”