You’ve Got to See These Inspiring Photos to Understand the Scale of Today’s Global Climate Strikes

Protestors fill the streets of Frankfurt, Germany for the World Climate Strike.Andreas Arnold/Zuma

In a remarkable display of global collective action, hundreds of thousands of people around the world skipped school and work on Friday to protest the lack of meaningful governmental action against climate change.
The Global Climate Strike, a youth-led movement that has partnered with environmental organizations around the world, scheduled the strike to take place three days before the United Nations 2019 Climate Action Summit. The protests began in Australia, where an estimated 100,000 people marched in Melbourne, with 80,000 more marching in Sydney and 30,000 in Brisbane, CNN reports. As Friday dawned in time zones across the world, cities from Mumbai to Nairobi to Berlin joined in what is expected to be the largest day of climate demonstrations in history.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who first inspired students to skip school to protest climate change in August 2018, will join protestors in New York City, whose public school students were excused from class Friday and encouraged to join in the march.
In March, Mother Jones environmental reporter Rebecca Leber wrote about what is driving young people like Thunberg to take climate action:
These young people compose the first generation that bears little responsibility for the 410 parts per million concentration of carbon in the atmosphere, but will face most of the consequences from it. They’re coming of age when the window to ward off this nightmare scenario is rapidly shrinking. Many older adults have been warning for decades that “future generations” will suffer for our selfishness and inertia from continued inaction. Now, those so-called future victims are finding their voice to try and shape the agenda.
Friday’s Global Climate Strike, an extension of students’ Fridays for Future strikes around the world, is one result of the “future victims” finding their voice.
We will keep sharing images as the day unfolds: 

Beyond belief.
This is the NYC Climate Strike. Foley Square is overflowing.
— Joshua Potash 🆘 (@JoshuaPotash) September 20, 2019

who made this it is MAGNIFICENT
— Bella Mackie (@bellamackie) September 20, 2019


Kindergarteners from @MarieReedES marching for the #ClimateStrike today @dcpublicschools @ItsAdamsMorgan @DCist @PoPville @dclinenews #DCkidsforchange
— Betsy Collins (@BetsySCollins) September 20, 2019

“The largest demonstration in Australian history…”#ClimateStrike
— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) September 20, 2019

Melbourne 2:30pm #ClimateStrike
— Erin Dolan (@erin_dolan) September 20, 2019

OMG the #ClimateStrike is SO big in Melbourne. Crowd estimates coming in at 100k!
— School Strike 4 Climate (@StrikeClimate) September 20, 2019

#children of #mumbai are demanding for #ClimateJustice on the streets! It’s now or never.. #ClimateAction is needed.. let’s #actnow .. for a safe future for all of us..#GlobalClimateStrike @GretaThunberg @FFFIndia @350 @greenpeaceindia
— Fridays for future_Mumbai 🇮🇳 (@fffmumbai1) September 20, 2019

#GlobalClimateStrike has started.. children demanding for #ClimateEmergency .. ‘we want more trees!’ #ActNow for their future! Join us take #ClimateAction @GretaThunberg @MumbaiMirror @350 @FFFIndia
— Fridays for future_Mumbai 🇮🇳 (@fffmumbai1) September 20, 2019

An estimated 100,000 people in Berlin on #ClimateStrike. Today is massive
— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) September 20, 2019

This is an incredible visual.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 20, 2019

#klimastreik #fridaysforfuture Berlin Brandenburger Tor. Klares Zeichen an die Politik!!
— David Croyé (@DavidCroye) September 20, 2019

It’s a pleasant scene here on the streets of Nairobi. People walked out of their offices & homes to support the #GlobalClimateStrike & fight for the future. #ClimateStrikeKE now on Harambee Avenue chanting #ClimateJusticeNow #deCOALonize
— deCOALonize Kenya (@deCOALonize) September 20, 2019

Beautiful #ClimateStrike footage from Dublin. 💚
We are all connected.
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) September 20, 2019

Huge crowds at the Islamabad #ClimateMarch. There is suddenly a climate movement in Pakistan. #ClimateActionNow
— Ammar Rashid ☭ (@AmmarRashidT) September 20, 2019

The Paris strikes are fierce & powerful ✊✊✊ #ClimateStrike
— Europe (@350Europe) September 20, 2019

And everyone started taking to the streets in #Paris for the #globalclimatestrike #fridaysforfuture #20septembre #YouthStrike4Climate
— Elisa Miebach (@elisamiebach) September 20, 2019