THOUSANDS of Spanish school pupils have taken to the streets of cities across the country again today (Friday) in walkouts from school to demonstrate against climate change.
Organisers of the Fridays for Future march including the Youth for Climate group estimate that around 45,000 pupils are taking part in the protests today.
“We are protesting against global warming, climate change, the inactivity of politicians and the permissiveness of companies which take advantage of the earth and its resources,” Youth for Climate said in a statement.
Protesters in Madrid donned black clothes and face masks to give a “sober” image of the planet’’s future if efforts to combat climate change are not stepped up, organisers said.
The protests come as Spain and the world marks International Water Day today. Protest organisers have put on talks and staged gatherings themed on the impact of pollution on waterways.
This Friday’s strikes are the latest in a series of walkouts which have taken place every week across the world this year.
They began after 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg began skipping school on Fridays to stage a one-girl sit in outside the country’s parliament in Stockholm.
Her efforts spawned the global Fridays for Future movement which now involves hundreds of thousands of school pupils from more than 70 countries.
Sequeres, escassetat d’aigua, deteriorament dels ecosistemes i pèrdua de biodiversitat. Necessitem canvis en el nostre model de consum, i mesures urgents per evitar la pujada d’1,5 graus JA. #fridaysforfuturebcn #FridaysforFuture pic.twitter.com/KiE3q3fG9M
— Fridays For Future Barcelona (@f4f_barcelona) March 22, 2019
— Georg Pidner 🌻 (@GPidner) March 22, 2019
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— Juventud Por El Clima (@JuventudXClima) March 1, 2019