Three days ahead of another crucial UN summit in New York, today on Friday September 20th children across Asia and the Pacific are leading what is expected to become the largest global climate protest in history, according to AFP.
From Manila to Mumbai, and Sydney to Seoul, children responded to the rallying cry of fellow teen activist Greta Thunberg and shut their school textbooks in a collective call to action.
Berlin’s main transport line, the S-Bahn has virtually ground to a halt this morning due to a major engineering breakdown leaving many protesters stranded and unable to reach the protest. Participants are being encouraged to take their bikes instead. Many have pointed out the irony, the Guardian has reported.
In support, the US Fermont-based Burton company, a winter sports chain, is giving workers a paid day off to join the strike and have halted online sales for 24 hours. The company’s webpage today reads “Closed for business. Open for action. Let’s protect our playground.”
In Australia, more than 300,000 kids, parents and supporters rallied, organisers said, more than double the turnout at climate strikes in March, and among the first of 5,000 events planned worldwide by a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future".