Across The Globe, Millions Join Biggest Climate Protest Ever

Global climate strikes have taken place in more than 150 countries around the world.

As tens of thousands of Australians who took part in protests slept on Friday night --  comforted by the fact that they did their bit --  the millions around the world woke up and took to the streets for the same cause.

Here's our round-up of how climate protests played out.

"We Are Unstoppable": Thunberg Addresses Crowds In New York

Climate activist Greta Thunberg participated in the protests in New York City, where 1.1 million students have been given permission to skip school to join in.

Thunberg addressed the crowd, calling on world leaders to listen to scientific reports that include data on rising sea temperatures, CBS New York reports.

"How we can get more young people involved -- I think to just tell them the truth, tell them how it is," said Thunberg. "Because when I found out how it actually was, that made me furious so I wanted to do something about it."

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Protesters In Brazil Take Aim At President Bolsonaro

As fires in the Amazon rainforest continue to burn, thousands of protesters across Brazil took aim at President Jair Bolsonaro who they say is allowing fires to destroy the Amazon rainforest.

“The policy of the Bolsonaro government is the policy of environmental destruction and deepening the climate crisis ... this is why we’re on strike,” said Marcela Pimentel Miranda, an organizer for Youth for Climate’s affiliate in Brasilia, which is helping to organize the protests.

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Thousands In London Gather Outside The Houses Of Parliament

Thousands of protesters have turned out in London, CBS News' Imtiaz Tyab reports, as climate strikes take place across the United Kingdom.

Demonstrators are gathered outside the Houses of Parliament.

Weather experts say climate change is making Britain more rainy: For the past nine years, winters have been 5% wetter on average than they were between 1981 and 2010, according to BBC News.

Massive Numbers Across Germany As Government Announces $60 Billion Climate Policy Package

The German government announced a $60 billion package of measures to address climate change on Friday as protesters marched across the country to demand urgent action.

"We believe that we can achieve the goals and that we've truly laid the foundations for this," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Organisers estimated 80,000 people attended the protests in Berlin, where student activists stood with a noose around their necks on melting blocks of ice. Organisers reported an estimated 70,000 protesters in Cologne and a further 25,000 in Munich.

Despite the environment being one of the most important issues to German voters, Germany's environmental protection has lagged behind other countries in Europe in recent years, and it's on course to miss its emissions targets for 2020 by a wide margin, the Associated Press reports.

Three people stand on ice blocks under gallows to protest against climate change in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, September 20, 2019. Photo: AP
"Green Pakistan!" State Minister Leads Rally In The Capital

Reuters estimated that over 500 people gathered in Karachi, the country's most populous city on Friday where temperatures soared as a heatwave grips the city.

Karachi is no stranger to the effects of extreme weather, when in 2015 the city experienced a heatwave that killed over 1000 people. 

Meanwhile in the country's capital, Islamabad, protests were led by the State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir.

Kabul Climate Protesters March Despite Violence

Approximately 100 climate change protesters marched through the Afghan capital city of Kabul on Friday, following an armed personnel carrier and surrounded by soldiers with guns to protect them, the Associated Press reports.

Afghanistan has been declared the most dangerous country in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

"We know war can kill a group of people," one of the organisers, Fardeen Barakzai, said. "The problem in Afghanistan is our leaders are fighting for power, but the real power is in nature."

"Where Is My Right To Breathe?" Protesters March In World's Most Polluted Cities 

India is a nation feeling the extreme effects of climate change. In 2018, a UN report found 14 of the world's 15 most polluted cities were Indian.

In New Delhi, crowds carried signs reading ''Fight for our future'' and ''Are we the last generation?" New Delhi is one of the world's most polluted cities, yet estimates place the protester turn out in the hundreds -- numbers far shy from the turnout in other cities around the globe.

An alarming report released in June 2019 by the Centre for Science and Environment found that air pollution is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in India, and "kills an average of 8.5 out of every 10,000 children in India before they turn five."

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