Youth activists from all over the world skipped school on Friday to urgently demand elected officials take action to combat the climate crisis. The international day of protest started in the South Pacific and moved west, as tens of thousands of students mobilize to make their voices heard.
The movement gained momentum last summer when Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg left school on a Friday to hand out fliers outside the Swedish parliament. She has since inspired young people all over the world to follower her example by protesting in their own countries, with signs reading, “It’s Our Future!” and “Make My Planet Great Again!” and “There’s No Planet B!”
Friday’s protest occurred in more than 112 countries, including the U.S. The organization spearheading U.S. involvement is called Youth Climate Strike U.S. (YCSUS). It’s led by teen activists Isra Hirsi, Alexandria Villaseñor, Maddy Fernands, and Haven Coleman. ELLE.com spoke with the girls, who said it is one of the biggest environmental school strikes in history. They recruited organizers from almost all 50 states in the U.S., and fundraised over $9,000 for permits and equipment.
Here are some of the most inspiring images from the global demonstration.