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This Is What A Global Climate Change Strike Led By School Students Looks Like

Hundreds of thousands of school students across the world skipping class and taking to the streets to demand politicians take action to tackle climate change.

Last updated on March 15, 2019, at 8:41 a.m. ET

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 2:01 a.m. ET

Hundreds of thousands of school students across the world are today skipping class and taking to the streets to demand politicians take action to tackle climate change.

Today's Global Climate Strike is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement that has already seen teenagers in a host of countries go on strike.

The movement began with 16-year-old environment activist Greta Thunberg, who in August last year started skipping school on Fridays to protest outside Sweden's parliament.

Scientists agree that human-made climate change is a real and urgent threat, one that's already playing out in the form of rising seas and warming temperatures.

According to Thunberg's latest update, strikes and marches are planned in 105 countries today, including what is expected to be the first large-scale events in the US.

"Tomorrow we schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes," she wrote on Twitter. "Adults are more than welcome to join us."

This is what the protest looks like around the globe.

New Zealand

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Students in Auckland's Aotea Square.

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Students in Aotea Square.

Australia

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Protesters outside Sydney's Town Hall.

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A sign at the Sydney protest.

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The protest in Sydney.

United States

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Students rally on the west front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

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Students take to the streets in San Francisco.

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Students take part in a die-in in front of the New York Headquarters of the United Nations.

Taiwan

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Students protest in front of the Presidential Palace in Taipei.

Canada

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Thousands of protesters flood the streets of Montreal.

Kenya

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Students chant during a march in Nairobi.

Finland

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Young demonstrators gather on the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral in Helsinki.

Hong Kong

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UK

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Young demonstrators hold placards at a protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London.

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Italy

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Students protest in Rome.

Sweden

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A huge protest in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm.

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Ireland

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Thousands of Irish students participate in the Global School Strike for Climate Action march from St. Stephen's Green to Leinster House in Dublin.

India

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An Indian student speaks as she participates in a school strike in New Delhi on Friday.

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Germany

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"Grandpa, what is a snowman?" says a placard held in Elmshorn, Germany.

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South Korea

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Protesters rally at a demonstration in Seoul.

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Spain

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Students at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid.

France

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"We only have one planet, let's preserve it," said a sign in Paris.





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