NEW YORK — Thousands of young people took a day off from school and took to the streets of New York City to demand real action to address the global climate crisis — just days before world leaders converge for the United Nations climate action summit.
“We skipped school because we felt that climate change is a big issue and going to a performing arts high school, we all have big dreams and I’m not gonna let anyone tell me that I cannot achieve them.”
This New York protest is part of a global youth movement that was inspired by a 16-year-old activist named Greta Thunberg, who skipped school on Fridays to protest the political inaction of the Swedish parliament to counter global warming.
These young New Yorkers are sending this message to President Donald Trump.
“To the president, I just want to say that he should really maybe look at facts and science, clearly he just doesn’t know what that is.”
“Fund climate change, not the wall Donald Trump.”
These young protesters have one thing in mind — their future.
They are demanding that lawmakers and Trump come up with concrete steps immediately to save the earth’s climate – and make sure they have a liveable world in the future.
And for world leaders who are about to gather at the UN climate action summit next week, they said they expect nothing else but political action to keep climate change at bay.