Our planet, our future
Thousands of British schoolchildren have protested about climate change. They didn’t go to school that day.
About 10,000 young people in 60 towns and cities joined the protests. They are asking the government to stop global warming.
About 3,000 young people went to Parliament Square, London. They had banners with different messages; for example, “Act now for our future” and “System change, not climate change”.
“Climate change is a big problem, and the government isn’t doing enough to stop it,” one young protester said. “Young people are very angry,” she said. The children want the government to change laws to protect the environment. And they want to study climate change in school.
The idea for the protests in Britain came from Greta Thunberg. She is a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl. In August 2018, she started to protest every Friday against global warming. On that day she doesn’t go to school. Now many young people follow her example. About 70,000 schoolchildren in 270 towns and cities in Europe and Australia protest against climate change every Friday.