Climate Change

Global climate strike in India

Children and adults protest and demand climate action from the government

Published: Friday 20 September 2019

The Global Climate Strike resumed across the world on September 20, 2019. People took time off from work to ‘strike’ and press for action on climate change.

They were responding to the call given by Swedish teen climate icon, Greta Thunberg, who has called on everybody, people of all age groups to participate.

Thunberg herself rallied in New York, where 1.1 million children have been allowed to skip school and take part in the strike. Demonstrations were also organised in other major cities including Washington DC, Moscow, Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Like the rest of the world, strikes were also organised in India in 13 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kochi, Allahabad and Kozhikode.

In the national Capital, youngsters and adults marched and demonstrated on the stretch between Lodhi Gardens and Indira Paryavaran Bhawan.

People from various walks of life including students, activists, members of civil society and others participated.

Soma, who described herself as a ‘feminist environmentalist’ and is a member of the Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch said while most people associated climate change and environmental themes usually with trees, it was necessary to know about other related categories such as land, water, air and others to get the whole picture.

She also hoped that those in power would listen to the agitators, especially children and speed up action on climate change.

‘Global climate strikes’ would continue globally between September 20 and September 27 even as the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York.

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