Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday Sep. 23 as part of a global climate strike, the latest in the Fridays for Future (FFF) movement.
Planned protests were staged in about 450 locations, demanding climate reparations and justice for those worst affected by climate change.
Activists in South Korea, Tokyo and New Zealand to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Italy and many more organized walk outs to join the march for climate action.
Here are some of the protests that took place around the world.
1. Rome, Italy
2. Manila, Philippines
3. Dhaka, Bangladesh
4. Cape Town, South Africa
5. Santiago, Chile
6. Madrid, Spain
7. New Delhi, India
8. Kinshassa, Democratic Republic of Congo
9. Paris, France
10. Tunis, Tunisia
“One day, it could be my house that gets flooded,” 15-year-old protestor Park Chae-yun said in Seoul, South Korea. “I’m living with a sense of crisis, so I think it is more important to deliver my concerns to the government to take preventive measures rather than going to school.”
In Berlin alone, more than 20,000 people attended the rally, according to local police.
“We’re striking all over the world because the governments in charge are still doing too little for climate justice,” Darya Sotoodeh, a spokesperson from the Germany chapter, said. “People all over the world are suffering from this crisis, and it’s going to get worse if we don’t act on time.”
“Colonisers and capitalists are at the core of every system of oppression that has caused the climate crisis, and decolonisation, using the tool of climate reparations, is the best kind of climate action,” Fridays For Future said in a statement on its website.
In a summer of extreme weather where deadly floods have overwhelmed a third of Pakistan, wildfires have engulfed Europe and North Africa, and unprecedented drought is ravaging Iraq, protestors are calling for world leaders and governments to do more.
Protests and calls for financial support to countries struggling with climate crises have intensified in the lead-up to the United Nations’ COP27 climate summit in Egypt this year.