Students from 156 countries lead historic #ClimateStrike protest to demand action from world leaders

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Millions of people, young and old, hit the streets across the world Friday in a youth-led protest designed to both demonstrate their frustrations with the climate crisis and invoke their political power on our world leaders. Outlets like CNN and the Los Angeles Times predict that Friday’s demonstrations, spanning over 156 countries, will be the largest single-day environmental demonstration in the history of our planet. Every single protester, from Pakistan to the United States, from South Africa to Norway, is demanding real changes to how we care for our planet. Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has literally traveled across the ocean from her native Sweden in order to bring attention to the global crisis in the United States.

Sept. 20 began earlier in some places than others, but social media’s #ClimateStrike trending charts have not stopped spiking since Friday morning. Australia started things off, with hundreds of thousands of Aussies hitting the streets.

Australia did indeed set the standard. Even early on, the numbers were impressive.

Here in the U.S., the East Coast was ready.

New York City has a comprehensive public transportation system—arguably one of the most democratic institutions in the world—making the city’s protests accessible to young people.

Of course, it wasn’t just New York.

Every city is the city of earthbound love today.

Across the country, Portland started early.

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to demonstrators in North Carolina.

Sen. Kamala Harris is listening.

These kids definitely know what they’re fighting against.

Ohioans know.

Chicagoans know, too.

Miami’s youth also joined the protest.

Houston, Texas, is here for the planet.

It’s not just the nation’s biggest cities, either.

Let’s check in on Europe.

The protesters are willing to shut things down in order to be heard.

This footage from Ireland is breathtaking.

Let’s check in on Africa!

Go Mexico!

Indonesia is all in.

Some of the signs are just so moving, like this one that voices support from those unable to march.

Represent!

Facepainting is a sustainable way to send potent messages.

A student poses for a photograph  during the Global Climate Strike march at Foley Square in New York on September 20, 2019. - Crowds of children skipped school to join a global strike against climate change, heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults act to stop environmental disaster. It was expected to be the biggest protest ever against the threat posed to the planet by climate change. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
It’s our only planet.

Lisa Simpson made an appearance at the protest in Berlin!

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Participants in the Fridays For Future movement protest during a nationwide climate change action day in front of the Brandenburg Gate on September 20, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Fridays for Future protests and strikes are registered today in over 400 cities across Germany. The activists are demanding that the German government and corporations take a fast-track policy route towards lowering CO2 emissions and combating the warming of the Earth's temperatures. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Folks in Brussels had strong words for lawmakers.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 20: A protester holds up a placard outside the European Commission as hr takes part in a Global Climate Strike demonstration on September 20, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Millions of people join protests around the world today to mark the start of a week of global climate strikes, with activists calling on their Governments to urgently address the climate crisis. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
If you want people to do their jobs, do yours, world leaders.

Children in Hyderabad, India, were as solemn as the state of the world.

Students hold placards as they participate in a climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed "Fridays for Future" in Hyderabad on September 20, 2019. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

These New Yorkers are literally cramming the streets.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: Students walk out of school to take part in a march to demand action on the global climate crisis on September 20, 2019 in New York City. In what could be the largest climate protest in history and inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, people around the world are taking to the streets to demand action to combat climate change. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

These kids today and their avocado toast political engagement!

If anyone might live forever, it’s the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards.

The little ones were out in Vermont.

California, where over 100 protests are planned, is just beginning its #ClimateStrike demonstrations.

There will more to come, so please feel free to share your stories and images in the comments below. It’s humanity’s day as we harmonize our voices … in hopes of bringing more harmony to the planet.

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