Striking for our future: teenagers around the world skip class to demand climate action

ThinkProgress

Last October, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that without dramatic change, global emissions are set to rise to a level that would usher in catastrophic consequences in just over a decade. Exactly one month later, the historic Camp Fire broke out in Paradise, California, claiming 85 lives and destroying more than 15,000 structures.

For many, these two events prompted an awakening on the urgency of dealing with climate change, triggering a realization that the impacts are all around us and aggressive action is needed to reverse course. But for others, climate change has been a reality since the day they were born. This generation has grown up with record-breaking temperatures, yet bears little responsibility for the crisis. So, on Friday, March 15, they are going on strike.

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