"Change is coming," Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said Friday as hundreds of thousands of people hit streets worldwide to take part in another round of climate strikes.
Carrying placards with messages like "Time's running out" and "There's no planet B," young people and their allies across the globe urged world leaders to take swift action to tackle the climate crisis.
Friday's actions kicked off in New Zealand, where organizers said roughly 170,000 people—which represents about 3.5 percent of the country's total population—took part across the island nation.
Auckland-based public health physician Rhys Jones wrote Friday of the turnout, "If our leaders were looking for a mandate to act, this is it."
The two banners at the front of the #ClimateStrike today here in Tamaki Makarau, the world's biggest Pasifika city, were truly some of the most righteous angry #climate justice banners I've seen a decade. #ss4cnz #schoolstrike4climate #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climatenz pic.twitter.com/YxJUGi8R1T— David Tong (@Davidxvx) September 27, 2019
Friday's strikes cap a week of youth-led climate actions, which began with a bang when over four million people turned out for the global #ClimateStrike on the Sept. 20. The Friday wave of actions, said author and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben in a tweet, appears to be "just as marvelously massive."
Remember the giant #ClimateStrike last week, before the whistleblower whistled? Well, today it's moved to a new set of countries: Italy, NZ, Spain, Canada, etc. And it seems just as marvelously massive. Because the earth is still on fire, not just Trump's pants. https://t.co/Bjf1RTbdBr— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) September 27, 2019
"I think today our message is going to be partly about the fact that you're allowed to be outraged, you should be outraged, and it's only that that's going to save us," Alienor Rougeot from the Toronto chapter of Fridays for Future said Friday.
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School strike for climate catalyst Thunberg, for her part, is in Montreal where she plans to take part in that city's climate march.
See images of other strikes below:
A look at the large crowd of protesters marching through the streets, calling for action on climate change. Right now they are marching down 14th St., heading for Constitution Avenue. @wusa9 #GetUpDC pic.twitter.com/tpZ5qMlTm5— Evan Koslof (@ekoslof) September 27, 2019