All over the world, students are skipping school.
Not because they are delinquents, but because they are frustrated by government inaction against climate change.
Strikes are currently taking place all over the world, from Belgium to the islands of Vanuatu, in a global protest.
Students are striking across the country, from Delhi to Hyderabad.
According to the Guardian, nine marches will be taking place across the Philippines today.
Over 100 children from Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center, an indigenous upland school in northern Mindanao in the Philippines, joined the #SchoolStrike4Climate today. They braved a 12-kilometre walk on mountain terrain to the next village down the valley to meet up with other students in the neighbouring school.
Students from the small nation of Vanuatu, a cluster of low-lying islands in the Pacific, have also joined the worldwide protest.
They have much reason to do so, as well- climate change is threatening their home, which has suffered in recent years due to environmental issues.
It got so bad they even planned on suing climate change perpetrators such as fossil fuel companies.
Sydney is hosting one of the biggest turnouts so far, with 30,000 students on strike.
In Melbourne, at least 20,000 people rallied.
This has drawn some flak from politicians.
“For action on issues that they think is important, they should do that after school or on weekends,” Australia’s Minister for Education Dan Tehan told reporters ahead of protests in Melbourne.
Students in New Zealand kicked off the global strike.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has pledged NZ$100 million (US$68 million) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supports to the student strikes, saying teenagers should not wait until they were old enough to vote to use their voice.
“You will die of old age. We will die of climate change.” one New Zealand youth’s sign read.
Inspired by 16-year-old student
The global movement was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate change activist who started her own school strike last year to protest climate change.
She has been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“This is of course nothing that I expected,” Greta told The Straits Times. “None of this would have happened without all the channels of the global environmental community. Millions of people have been fighting for the climate for decades, and without them nothing would have happened.”