Greta Thunberg Leads School Strike for Climate in Front of White House

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Sean Costello, NCS head of schools engagement, said: "Young people are passionate about many issues, including the environment, racism and mental health - they have important opinions and we must help them voice their views". Campaigners are also staging protests in most other European countries, Australia, Japan, India, South Africa, Canada and dozens of other locations. It follows a similar coordinated protest in March that drew many tens of thousands around the world.

While our youth are understandably anxious about the devastating impacts of climate change on their future, they need adult involvement to ensure our government takes action now to address this alarming issue.

"I'm hoping that by giving the Amnesty Ambassador of Conscience Award to Fridays for Future and Greta we're making a small contribution to lifting up the struggle and giving it the prominence that it deserves..."

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to announce measures that would put the country on course to cut its emissions 55% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

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AHEAD OF the week-long Global Climate Strike, which will see young people lead calls for the eradication of fossil fuels, the participation of pupils from Yorkshire schools should, ideally, be left to the discretion of individual headteachers.

Merkel's Christian Democratic Union said Monday that it prefers a national emissions trading scheme as a way of reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gases, while providing financial incentives for those willing to switch to low-carbon vehicles and heating systems.

The global climate movement, inspired by Greta Thunberg's weekly protests outside the Swedish parliament, has helped push climate and environment up the agenda, along with major United Nations scientific reports on the impacts of rising temperatures and the Extinction Rebellion protests. In New York City, public school administrators say they won't mark students as absent if they have a parent or guardian's permission to join the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20. "Children are behaving like adults, when many adult political and business leaders are behaving like children". In Germany, these include the bank GLS, pension provider Hannoversche Kassen and price comparison site Idealo, among others.

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