The young people marching to save the planet

Tide of change: One protester said, “we want to show that youth has a voice and that we want real change.”

Would you go to a climate change protest? Last week, thousands of young people across Europe marched through the streets, demanding urgent action to protect the environment.

What’s happening

Last week, thousands of schoolchildren across Europe took part in protests against climate change.

In cities like Brussels and Berlin, young people waved banners as they marched through the streets, chanting “What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? NOW!”

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In Belgium alone, police say up to 35,000 young people joined in the protests. The demonstrators want politicians to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are the leading cause of climate change.

The movement is led by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who protests against climate change every Friday outside the Swedish parliament.

Earlier this month at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Thunberg gave a powerful speech to world leaders about climate change.

“Our house is on fire,” she warned them.

Many of the young people were taken to the marches by their teachers. “It’s more of a school trip,” one said.

Would you join a climate protest?

Some say…

It’s a waste of time. A few kids marching around is not going to change our whole society, which puts convenience and money above the health of our planet. The real power is with politicians and businesses, who are unlikely to change.

Others think…

It’s important to get involved in the things we care about. Protesting makes more people pay attention and join the fight against climate change. The world would be a worse place if individuals thought they could never make a difference.

You Decide

  1. What can you do in your own life to help save the planet?

Activities

  1. Write your own letter to a politician asking them to do more to combat climate change. Include some ideas of what the government could do to help the planet.

Some People Say...

“Every single person on this Earth has the power to change the world.”

Emma Thompson

What do you think?

Word Watch

Brussels
Belgium’s capital city.
Justice
Fairness; when something is treated fairly.
Demonstrators
Another word for protesters.
Politicians
People who work in governments.
Emissions
When something is produced and released into the air.
Economic
Relating to money.
Convenience
Making things easy, without effort.

Subjects

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