Hashtag ‘Climate Strike’ topped Twitter Trends Worldwide for seven hours on Friday September 20th as Global Protests hit the streets.
As many as 348,000 tweets have been posted with the hashtag since Friday morning. Protesters shared pictures and videos during strikes in several countries. In addition, livestream moments were captured.
“Climate Strike’ also joined Google’s most searched terms on Friday in Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.
On Friday, tens of thousands of student protesters worldwide were taking to the streets demanding that world leaders who are meeting at a United Nations Climate Summit adopt crucial policies to prevent an environmental disaster.
Strikers also used several related hashtags such as schoolstrike4climate, globalclimatestrike and FridaysForfuture.
Greta Thunberg, Swedish teenager and climate activist who began the Friday school strikes, joined in and retweeted posts of protests from countries all over the world.
Kamala Harris, US Senator from California, Democratic candidate running for US president, tweeted “There is nothing more powerful than our nation’s youth marching together, demanding action be taken to protect our planet and their future.”
Another Twitter account under the name Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein tweeted, “Proud of my students who are missing class because they are striking today. Proud to support them by giving extensions on assignments due in today. I hope other faculty will join me in supporting our youth as they fight for our lives.”
According to the Global Climate Strike website, school students organising the FridaysForFuture platform are behind these worldwide protests.
A broad coalition of organisations, NGOs, trade unions and social movements around the globe have jointly responded to the call of young people for the action in September.
“In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young Climate Strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.” With this sentence the website welcomes its visitors and gives reasons for the strikes.
The website offers an interactive map that shows the locations and timings of protests, you just need to click on your country on the map, and all the details appear.
Another strike is planned for September 27th called ‘Earth Strike’ to follow up Friday’s protests.