Global Climate Strike: Students around the world protest climate inaction

Updated 5:55 p.m. ET, March 15, 2019
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10:39 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

Mayors support striking students

By CNN's Isabelle Gerretsen

Mayors around the world have expressed their support for the student protests.

“It is heartening to see our young people taking a stand and reminding us that it is their generation who will be left to face the worst effects of climate change if we don't act quickly to cut carbon emissions,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

“It is truly inspiring to see young people demanding urgent climate action. It is our responsibility as adults and political leaders, to learn from you and deliver the future you want and the future you can trust in,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who joined the march in Paris.

Read Mayor Hidalgo’s CNN op-ed about how female empowerment could avert a global climate crisis

10:07 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

Italy inspired by Greta

By CNN's Mark Tutton

In Rome, posing in a front of a banner that says "There is no planet B," Emilio Zanzibar, 17, is worried for animals' future as well as humans.

On the right, Pietro Rossi, 16, is one of the many protesters today who are inspired by Great Thunberg. "Greta's courage to stand all alone at the beginning has been of real inspiration for all," he says.

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy Livia Borghese, CNN

Pictured below, climate activists gather at the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome.

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy Livia Borghese, CNN

The climate activism isn't confined to Rome. In Pisa, protester Martina Cocchi says: "In my region climate change is eroding coast areas."

She adds: "I hope with this protest to raise awareness. Together we can influence more and more people everyday and get the attention of the people in power."

Pisa, Italy
Pisa, Italy Martina Cocchi

9:37 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

"I've even striked in the polar vortex"

By CNN's Isabelle Gerretsen

When she was just eight years old, Alexandria Villasenor first became aware of the devastating impacts of climate change. A prolonged drought in 2013 caused the lake in her hometown Folsom, California, to completely dry up.

She was once again confronted by the threat of climate change when mass wildfires broke out in Paradise, California, last summer.

"I started to realize (these events) aren't normal and that they are linked to climate change," she tells CNN.

Every Friday, Villasenor strikes against global climate inaction outside the United Nations headquarters. "I sit there until I'm numb. I've even striked in the polar vortex."

"I'm upset with how world leaders are treating the climate crisis. [The youth] need to make sure that people in power start taking action because we don't have time to wait until we can," she says.

9:15 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

People power in Scotland

By CNN's Mark Tutton

In Glasgow, young people people are singing "power to the people," and declaring a "climate emergency."

In Edinburgh, Oaklands School for young people with long term support needs joins the protests, and extols the virtues of becoming less reliant on our cars.

8:57 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

"We need climate action," urge Nigerian children

By CNN's Tom Page

Nigerian climate activist Oladosu Adenike says "Our earth is on fire" and shares videos on social media of young protesters telling the world "our future matters."

8:33 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

An update from Greta in Stockholm

By CNN's Tom Page

Greta Thunberg, who has galvanized many into joining these protests today, says over 10,000 students have flooded the event in Sweden's capital, and police are stopping people from coming closer to the stage. "We need bigger venues," Thunberg adds.

Another angle courtesy of CNN's Atika Shubert:

Atika Shubert/CNN
Atika Shubert/CNN

8:27 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

"School can wait but climate change won’t"

By CNN's Isabelle Gerretsen

Eleven-year-old Atlas Sarrafoglu has organized a climate strike in a park in Istanbul, Turkey, CNN's Murat Baykara reports.

"School can wait but climate change won’t. Due to climate change, floods or even tornadoes are more common now. Due to heat there is no water left in the dams. This is what you have created," Sarrafoglu tells the crowd.

You burned the coal that causes climate change. It was you adults who cut the trees and destroy our forests," he says.

8:15 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

"We want you to panic!"

By CNN's Tom Page

In Madrid, Spain marchers say "not another degree"...

...while in Barcelona here's the scene on the ground...

...and on the streets of Pamplona, home of the running of the bulls, the refrain "There's no Planet B" joins another message: "We want you to panic."

8:06 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019

"The (ice) caps are cooked"

By CNN's Tom Page

A stark message from a Francophone protester.