Climate change is real, and we need, need, need to do something about it.
That's why, on March 15, tens of thousands of students worldwide have decide to skip class to demand that elected officials act on this awful crisis.
The move is inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden, who since last August has been striking outside the Swedish parliament building. She has been boycotting classes every Friday, demanding that her government step up the fight against climate change. Her message is simple: “Strike for climate”.
Take a look at the marches across the world.
Students hold placards as they take part in a global protest against climate change in Gurugram, India. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
A demonstrator takes part in a protest against climate change, organised by the YouthStrike4Climate movement, in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
A student holds a placard to support Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg during a strike from school to demand action on climate change at the town hall square of Duesseldorf, Germany. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
School children hold placards and shout slogans as they participate in a protest outside the Scottish Parliamen in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
A protester demanding action on climate change holds up a sign in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Swati Pandey/Reuters
Protests in Te Ngakau Civic Square in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Charlotte Greenfield/Reuters
Schoolchildren demonstrate during a climate protest at Torgalmenningen in Bergen, Norway. Photograph: Marit Hommedal/NTB Scanpix/Reuters
A protester in Sydney's Hyde Park holds an ominous sign during the global climate strike, urging politicians to take urgent action on climate change. Photograph: James Gourley/Getty Images
This girl's message couldn't be simpler and easier to understand. Is the world listening though? Photograph: James Gourley/Getty Images
Yang Tzy-Ching, 12, grad 6 student, takes part in the Global Climate Strike to protest climate change and government inaction in front of the Presidential Palace in Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Getty Images
Students protest in Auckland's Aotea Square over climate change in Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images
The protests are part of a global climate strike inspired by Greta Thunberg. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images
The protest at Auckland's Aotea Square over climate change. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images