- Hundreds of Students Rally at US Capitol as Peers Worldwide Demand Climate Change Action
Hundreds Of Students Rally At US Capitol As Peers Worldwide Demand Climate Change Action
Muhammad Irfan 5 days ago Sat 16th March 2019 | 12:32 AM
Hundreds of students in Washington, DC and nearby areas skipped school on Friday to join a rally at the US Capitol, one of scores of protests staged by young people around the world to demand immediate action on climate change
The global protests, dubbed "Fridays for Future," saw scores of teenagers, young children and their parents gather at the seat of the US Congress to denounce the Trump administration's environmental policies.
The congresswoman accused President Donald Trump and his administration of serving the interests of big corporations at the expense of the environment. "It is our responsibility to invest in clean energy," she said.
The young protesters carried homemade signs bearing messages including "Inaction is not an option" and "There is no Planet B," while chanting slogans such as "No more coal, no more oil. Keep your climate in the soil."
According to the protest website, which unites activists around the world, the movement was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who has been demonstrating every Friday outside Sweden's parliament. Thunberg has even been reportedly nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by Norwegian lawmakers.