Posted on 24 May 2019
, Germany (24 May, 2018) – Today, young people, parents, and concerned citizens from all over the world came out onto the streets of their capitals to send a clear message to their leaders: We demand you act on climate change.
Inspired by the Fridays for Future
movement, the global day of action saw an more than 1 500 events in more than 119 countries demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown. Around one and a half million people are expected to turn out today.
Fridays for Future Vienna co-ordinator and Generation Earth member Philipp Wilfinger
said: "We are facing a crisis that threatens our very existence. We no longer want to see our future put at risk. Every climate strike increases the pressure on decision-makers to finally take environmental protection seriously. You are never too small to make a difference!."
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice
said: ‘Youth across the world have come together with a simple ask for their leaders: stop greenhouse gas emissions, now. There are many steps to making this happen, but we already have the solutions and know what needs to be done. The bigger question is whether these leaders will answer their plea.’
Vanessa Perez-Cirera, deputy leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice
said: ‘The youth of the world are speaking and we should listen. World leaders need to take this seriously, move quickly, and ensure these children have the secure future they are asking for.’
The next global day of action will be held on 20th September this year, just two days before the UN Climate Summit on 23 September in New York. It will be hosted by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and many heads of state are expected to attend.
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