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Young climate activists protest around the world

A winter storm Sunday in Nebraska City, Neb. Associated Press/Photo by Nati Harnik

Young climate activists protest around the world

Millions of students around the world skipped school on Friday for a global climate change strike. The movement included more than 5,000 demonstrations in 156 countries, including Germany, Nigeria, and Tokyo. Young demonstrators held signs that read, “You are destroying our future,” and “There is no planet B.” In the United States, organizers expect more than 800 events. New York City Public Schools said parents could excuse their students to participate in the strike.

What spurred the demonstrations? Swedish teen Greta Thunberg started a smaller movement last year to encourage her peers to demand action from their leaders. This year’s protests precede a United Nations Climate Action Summit that kicks off Monday in New York.

Dig deeper: Read more about Thunberg, who has become the face of teenage climate activism.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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Steve Shive

You make some excellent points. It is a shame that we do not seem capable of actually discussing controversial issues. The human condition seems to be predicated on polarizing perspectives. I think this tends to be more in the group think, political and leadership realm than day to day life. It seems odd that on the individual level we can often discuss or at least not be confrontational on issues such as these. But the moment we are organized into political parties or organizations the sparks begin to fly. Maybe there are too many competing, pet, interests? Maybe we don't want answers but thrive on drawing up skirmish lines and firing muskets back and forth? But this has been going on as far as recorded history, and I'm sure before that. Mob rule, or pack rule, seems to be able to evoke the emotions that then over rule our common sense. We seem to enjoy walking on the razor's edge of revolution and communal insanity.

This is not to say we cannot try to bring reason and compromise and some sanity to the town square. And I do see that. But unfortunately this does not seem to be the way we typically settle these issues.

Thanks again for your input on this topic. Discussing evolution vs creation, young earth old earth, intelligent design, climate change: manmade vs cyclical vs not happening, abortion, adoption, prolife vs "choice", vaccines or anti-vaccines, strong central federal government vs States rights vs individual autonomy, sexual affinity and identity And maybe part of the issue there is the Bible as authoritative where it clearly speaks on these issues let alone pedobaptism vs pouring vs immersion, pre-post-mid trib and on and on it goes. Our love hate relationship with anything other than pure and simple kneeling at the cross and confessing that he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords persist in every culture. Oh come Lord Jesus. Save us from ourselves and the roaring lion.

And this reply still seems lacking somehow...


Democrats and liberals used to never have a compelling cause until they came upon the global warming dogma. Now they have faithful devout followers who propagate the faith evangelizing to save the earth. Look at the millions who follow this religion, but unfortunately it is a false gospel! 


How many of the kids who are protesting have been doing their part to help the planet? Do they bike? Walk? Recycle? Buy unrecycleable stuff? Are they trashing the areas they protest? Or are they cleaning it up? 

I hope they are walking their talk.