LUCERNE, Switzerland – Thousands of young people took to the streets of Switzerland on Friday as part of a wider global movement that sees students striking weekly to urge for climate action.
Youth for Climate, a global movement that demands policy action to tackle climate change after a Swedish 15-year-old garnered attention last year by striking weekly saw thousands of students in Lucerne calling for “Climate Justice Now!”
“On 18 January, there will be Climate Strikes again!” the Swiss branch of Youth for Climate announced on Twitter.
“All over Switzerland (and around the world), young people will protest for more climate action. Come and join to demand a sustainable future!” it added.
The group’s Facebook page said there would be protests in 10 Swiss cities.
Greta Thunberg has become a prominent voice in the fight to save the planet from climate change.
On Aug. 20, 2018, Thunberg decided to go on strike until the Swedish general election on Sept. 9 after Sweden was hit by unusually hot weather resulting in fires over the summer.
She demanded the Swedish government adopt the measures outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb carbon emissions and sat outside parliament every day during school hours.
After the general election, she resumed school but launched a weekly strike on Fridays that soon went viral, with students across the world joining her.
In December, Thunberg spoke at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) and delivered a damning speech before world leaders.
“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, even that burden you leave to us children,” Thunberg had said. “But I don’t care about being popular, I care about climate justice and the living planet.”