Youth climate movement Fridays for Future announced Wednesday a series of global solidarity strikes to demand an end to Russia\u0026#039;s invasion of Ukraine and denounce fossil fuel-based economic systems they say lead to such wars.\r\n\r\nThe first such strikes are slated to take place Thursday, March 3, and have already been scheduled in over 50 cities from Warsaw, Poland to Abuja, Nigeria to Washington, D.C.\r\n\r\nThe announcement follows a plea on Tuesday from the Ukraine arm of Fridays for Future urging fellow climate activists and others opposed to the war to hit the streets Thursday to \u0022fight for peace in our name.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn their Wednesday statement, the global group linked Russian President Vladimir Putin\u0026#039;s current attack with the planetary crisis.\r\n\r\n\u0022Fossil fuel capitalism is one of the roots of this war, financing Putin\u0026#039;s invasion, and many other conflicts and crises around the world,\u0022 the group said. \u0022That is why, during the next few weeks, we also want to call out the era of fossil fuel, capitalism, and imperialism that allows these systemic oppressions.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We are at a critical moment,\u0022 the group said, when \u0022political leaders can take the side of people or of money, greed, and the fossil fuel industry.\u0022\r\n\r\nGlobal leaders, they added, must \u0022stop financing Putin\u0026#039;s whims, and end the import of oil, coal, and gas from Russia\u0022 including by fully pulling the plug on the Nord Stream 2, which is set to transport Russian gas to Europe through a Baltic Sea pipeline.\r\n\r\nIn a video shared on Twitter Wednesday, Ilyess El Kortbi of Fridays for Future Ukraine echoed the group\u0026#039;s earlier statement, saying that \u0022we the activists are usually fighting against a climate crisis we didn\u0026#039;t create\u0022 but \u0022now we are in a war fueled by fossil fuels. These wars are wars for resources we no longer need.\u0022\r\n\r\nEl Kortbi called upon global activists to take part in actions Thursday \u0022in support of peace everywhere without fossil fuels.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe planned demonstrations drew strong support from Fridays for Future Russia.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022All wars are battles for resources, including this one in Ukraine,\u0022 the Russian group said. \u0022Putin is trying to keep the status quo in which petroleum rules, but the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Societies that depend on fossil fuels provided by autocrats cannot be safe,\u0022 they said, and called for \u0022international political mobilization. Everyone worldwide should take a stand against war. There\u0026#039;s no such thing as neutrality in war.\u0022\r\n\r\nAntiwar activists have taken part in demonstrations in cities across the globe, including within Russia, to denounce the invasion since it began February 24.