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Millions to take part in Global Climate Strike

Millions to take part in Global Climate Strike

Millions of people across the world are today taking part in a global climate strike, calling for urgent measures to tackle climate change.

Protests, demonstrations and events are expected to take part in 139 countries, with many inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Last month, the teenager arrived in the US after spending two weeks sailing from Portsmouth on a solar-powered yacht.

Students are leading many of the events, with many expected to take time off school to join the global event. More than 200 events are planned in the UK, including in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow, London and many other locations.

A climate festival and concert is due to take place in Istanbul, a beach-dance is planned in South Africa and other large events are planned in major cities such as New York, Brussels, Paris and Berlin.

This week, Greta Thunberg told politicians in the United States, "I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take action." A report by the IPCC has recently warned that there needs to be rapid and unprecedented changes to the way we live of lives to prevent further temperature rises.

The demonstrations come before the landmark UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September. 

 

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