Students in New Jersey, across the United States and around the world have organized "climate strikes" as part of a surging youth effort to push global leaders to take immediate action to address climate change.
Tens of thousands of teen demonstrators are going to skip school for an global climate change strike.
When asked what she feared most about the potential of growing up in a world that does little or nothing to curtail carbon pollution, Din hardly wanted to consider what that future would look like. "Change is coming whether they like it or not", she said.
In a historical speech she delivered at COP24 climate talks in Poland a year ago, she had reprimanded global leaders for their inaction on climate change. "It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world's decision-makers" inaction that threatens our entire civilisation. "It shows there are thousands of students out there who care very deeply about the environment and are willing to miss school to demand that politicians take this ecological crisis seriously". Although this is a youth strike, organizers have invited all community members to participate.
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"Earth is our only home, we only have on", Din said. "They are arguing about things like Brexit but we need them to act now on climate change. because in 12 years we can't turn anything back". "We have the right to clean air, clean water, clean land". I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.
Citing wildfires, droughts, massive storms and refugee flows as signs of what's to come, Din emphasized the urgency she and many of her classmates see in what she called a "climate crisis". "Let's take action to raise awareness on Climate Change".
Derry girl Jodi said she felt it was time for the young people of Derry to make their voices heard on the issue too. "Obviously, one strike isn't going to change everything, but this isn't the last strike", Hirsi said.
"But with the help of my friend, Olive Brown, who has been crucial to the planning, the Facebook campaign has gotten more attention than we anticipated".