Hundreds of Portland high school students protested against inaction on climate change Friday.
- Thousands marched in rainy Warsaw and other Polish cities to demand a ban on burning coal, a major source of carbon dioxide.
"When our president. goes on television and says everything we're taught in school is wrong, how do you think that makes students feel? The district believes climate change is a critically important subject, and we are proud of our students for raising this issue".
The Portland Police Bureau said it could not accurately estimate the number of attendees.
The demonstrations, which included adults, were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.
According to the MA group's Facebook page, strikers are calling for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, teamwork from world leaders to ensure global warming remains below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and implementation of the Green New Deal, a decadelong plan proposed by lawmakers.
Thunberg's activities have attracted supporters across the globe and fetched the girl a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. It's an extension of similar protests in Sweden last summer, which gained attention when a Swedish teen delivered a speech at the United Nations climate summit and criticized delegates for not doing more to fight a man-made problem.
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What they're standing for, they said, is what they're standing on: the planet.
Some adults were more supportive of the demonstration.
"This port is being built under the guise of economic opportunities when it only really helps the rich get richer, we will not fall for it", said Mishka Banuri, co-founder of Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, .
The UN's climate science panel warned in October that only a wholesale transformation of the global economy and consumer habits could forestall a catastrophe.
Andie Madsen, a junior at West High School, talked to the students about spreading awareness, saying that the youth voice on the issue is louder than older generations.
"I've always been passionate about fixing something when I see something is wrong", 12-year-old Denver student Haven Coleman, a co-founder of the organization planning USA strikes, told NPR.
Loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases at current rates will eventually lead to an uninhabitable planet, scientists say. Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wanting passage of the massive "Green New Deal" bill proposed in the U.S. Congress. Forty-two percent of that comes from animal agriculture.
"There are a crisis in front of us that we have to live with, that we will have to live with for all our lives, our children, our grandchildren and all future generations", she said.