Students in over 100 countries skipped school and took to the streets to demand serious climate policy from world leaders

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Tens of thousands of kids in over 100 countries skipped school on Friday, March 15 and took to the streets to demand grown ups take real steps to fight climate change, from London, to Cape Town, to New York.

They were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began protesting outside Swedish Parliament last year.

GRETA THUNBERG: The last time I checked, there were over 123 countries where there were going to be strikes today, and 2052 places, cities.

The movement inspired the United Nations Secretary General to call a UN summit in September.

Some, like British Prime Minister Theresa May, condemned the protests. Last month, she said:

THERESA MAY: The disruption increases teachers’ workloads and wastes lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared for.

But the protesters disagree.

PROTESTER: Theresa May, wherever you are, if you are seeing this, our protest is not a waste of time. We are the younger generation, we are the new generation, the new school coming in. We want change!

PROTESTER 2: She’s wasting our time by not acting now.

Jaisal Noor


Jaisal is a host, producer, and reporter for TRNN. With his expertise in education policy and systemic inequity, he focuses on Baltimore, Maryland. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio NewsDemocracy Now! and The Indypendent.

Jaisal's mother has taught in the Baltimore City Public School system for the past 25 years.