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"Today we are telling the truth and we do not take no for an answer".

These protests, kick-started by 16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are starting to gather momentum and today protests were held at Cornmarket, Belfast; the Guildhall, Derry; St Stephen's Green Dublin; Cork City Hall and many more locations.

Arcata City Councilmember Sofia Pereira also spoke during the protest, highlighting some of the steps the City has been taking to combat and prepare for climate change, including banning plastic bags, prioritizing trails and adopting a community bike sharing service.

Organizers estimate 2,500 to 3,000 protesters were in attendance.

Meanwhile, founder of the Strike for Climate movement Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Norway, with MP Freddy André Øvstegård stating that: "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", and that "she has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace".

She said she took the comment in stride and attended the rally anyway.

Washtenaw International High School students Zaynab Elkolaly and Khadija Khokhar, who organized the strike, said they were empowered by the turnout.

This comment from Rebecca Pow for example, a British Conservative Party politician, comes in stark contrast to what we hear from Australian conservatives: "We get that it can feel like a challenge to get real change in Parliament".

About 1,000 demonstrators also gathered at the offices of U.S. Sen.

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Organizers of Friday's rally called on IL lawmakers to support a new bill that would transition the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

The adolescents say they have witnessed the nightmarish impacts of extreme weather: the hurricanes, the most devastating wildfire in California's history and the polar vortex that gripped the Midwest. Science! When do we want it? Some carried banners that read "Make Love, Not CO2".

The protesters poured into the streets of European capitals, as well as other cities. The country is vulnerable to rising sea levels and rapid desertification.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was inspired by the student climate strikers to call a special summit in September to deal with what he called "the climate emergency".

Scientists have been warning about climate change since the 1980s, well before most of the Portland protest's participants were born.

"Please keep bringing as many people as you can with you because we simply won't achieve our goals alone". "No wonder they are angry".

Yet the world has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees) since then and is on track for an increase of 4 degrees Celsius, which experts say would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet.

Thunberg appeared at the rally in Stockholm and addressed fellow activists.

"We won't have an Earth to live on if we don't do something about this, if we don't take steps to save it", Chavez said.


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