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School students escalate call for political action on climate crisis

On March 15, climate strikes took place in more than 100 countries. New Internationalist talked to students in Oxford who are among the hundreds of thousands of young people joining a snowballing global youth movement that's demanding immediate action on climate breakdown.

School students in more than 100 countries have begun a series of strikes to demand that politicians take urgent action on climate change. The coordinated protests were organised on social media under the Fridays for Future banner.

Greta Thunberg a 16-year-old Swedish inspired the protests. She is now in her 30th week of striking on Fridays.

From Sweden to Australia, from the USA to India, strikes took place in more than 100 countries and 2,000 cities including Oxford. Many parents and even schools have given their support to the strikers, along with organisations like Greenpeace and public figures such as US Senator Bernie Sanders.

School students in more than 100 countries have begun a series of strikes to demand that politicians take urgent action on climate change. The coordinated protests were organised on social media under the Fridays for Future banner.

For critics of the Climate School Strike like Theresa May the reason it's necessary is really not that complicated. Siri, 10, explains.

'What's important is not just hope for change but courage for change—which is protesting and being active,' said Oscar Idle YouthStrike4Climate organiser and student.

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