Pupils are out in force over climate change fears

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Thousands of young protesters in Australia and New Zealand have kicked off the second wave of global school strikes demanding urgent action on climate change.

A psychologist at Penn State University led a study examining the public perception of two climate marches which took place in over the course of a week in 2017 and found that bystanders who observed the demonstrations came away with the belief that protests can make people more optimistic about the possibility of affecting change.

"Politicians are talking about the climate and environmental issues more now, but they need more pressure", Thunberg told Time Magazine in March. "Climate change has never been as central to a European election and to our campaign as this time", he added, as the EU holds its polls this week. Since then, her school strike movement "Fridays for Future" has grown exponentially.

'The government isn't doing as much as it should.

On 24.5.2019 thousands protested in Munich for the protection of the climate and of the environment.

From Portugal to Finland, from Italy to Britain, students followed the call of Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg to stage "school strikes" against climate change. "It's just scary for younger generations", she said, holding up a placard seeking to stop a proposed new coal mine in Australia.

At least 1 623 protests were planned in 119 countries.

On Friday, photos and videos of the strikes from Seoul, South Korea, to Auckland, New Zealand, were shared on social media.

Global carbon emissions reached a record high last year, despite warnings from the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October that gas emissions must be curbed over the next 12 years to stabilize the climate.

Global warming caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels has already led to droughts, heatwaves, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and floods, scientists say, and climate models project that the fall-out could worsen.

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