In 450 locations around the world, young people are organizing a “global climate strike”.

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Youth activists around the world have staged a coordinated “global climate strike” to underscore their fears about the impact of global warming and call for more aid to poor countries hit by severe weather.

Demonstrators in Jakarta, Tokyo, Rome and Berlin took part in a series of organized strikes around the world and took to the streets to demand that rich countries pay for the damage that global warming is doing to the poor.

The demonstrations were organized by the youth movement Fridays For Future, which planned protests in over 450 locations worldwide.

The youth-led group of climate activists takes its cues from Greta Thunberg, who began protesting alone outside the Swedish parliament in 2018.

Since then, the group has organized a series of “school strikes” around the world, encouraging students to skip school on Fridays to take part in demonstrations against climate change and the fossil fuel industry.

“We are striking all over the world because the responsible governments are still doing too little for climate justice,” said Darya Sotoodeh, a spokeswoman for the group in Germany.

“People around the world are suffering from this crisis and it will only get worse if we don’t act in time,” she said.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sachelle Babbar/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock (13413833bk) Joining other cities worldwide, over 6,000 gathered at Koenigsplatz in Munich, Germany to demand climate justice before it's too late. The Fridays for Future movement, started by Greta Thunberg, has become a global phenomenon, with youth and young adults demonstrating weekly to pressure politicians to take action to save the planet before the damage is irreversible. Scientists believe that eleven years is the number before there is no turning back. Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike: Germany, Munich, Bavaria - September 23, 2022

Over 20,000 young people demonstrated in Berlin against climate change and the fossil fuel industry (Credit Image: ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sachelle Babbar/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock (13413833at) Joining other cities worldwide, over 6,000 gathered at Koenigsplatz in Munich, Germany to demand climate justice before it's too late. The Fridays for Future movement, started by Greta Thunberg, has become a global phenomenon, with youth and young adults demonstrating weekly to pressure politicians to take action to save the planet before the damage is irreversible. Scientists believe that eleven years is the number before there is no turning back. Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike: Germany, Munich, Bavaria - September 23, 2022

The protests were organized by the Fridays for Future movement, which encourages young people to skip school on Fridays to protest climate change (Credit Image: ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)

In Rome, around 5,000 young people took part in a march that ended near the Colosseum.

A poster read: “The climate is changing. Why aren’t we?’.

Among their priorities, the students highlighted the need to rethink Italy’s transport policy. The country’s car rate per inhabitant is one of the highest in Europe.

In the Italian election campaign, which ends on Friday evening before the parliamentary elections on Sunday, climate protection policy did not play a major role in the candidates’ rallies.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Serkan Senturk/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock (13415701z) Thousands of protesters gathered for a climate march demanding more action on climate change from elected officials. The event was part of the Fridays for Future movement, an international youth-led initiative inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Some demonstrators showed their hands where the following quote was written: The future is in our hands. Climate strike in Montreal, Quebec, Canada – September 23, 2022

Thousands flocked downtown during a climate strike in Montreal, Canada (Credit Image: Serkan Senturk/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23 - Activists march with signs and a large banner for the Global Climate Strike led by Youth Climate Strike LA on September 23, 2022 in downtown Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katie McTiernan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

With signs and large banners, activists marched in 450 locations around the world for the global climate strike (Image: Getty)

“One day my house might be flooded,” said 15-year-old Park Chae-yun, one of about 200 students who showed up for the protest in Seoul, South Korea.

“I live with a sense of crisis, so I think it’s more important to take my concerns to the government to take preventive action than to go to school,” he told the Guardian.

The biggest strike of the day took place in Berlin, with an estimated 20,000 people taking to the streets to demand the government set up a €100 billion emergency fund to tackle climate change.

The protests follow warnings from scientists that countries are not doing enough to meet the top target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5C this century compared to pre-industrial times.

Speaking to world leaders this week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the fossil fuel industry, responsible for much of the planet-warming gases, “gorges on hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and windfall profits, while household budgets shrink and our planet burns”.

Mr Guterres called on rich countries to tax energy company profits and divert funds to both “countries suffering losses and damage from the climate crisis” and countries struggling with rising living costs.

Ahead of this year’s UN climate summit, calls for more financial help to help poor countries deal with global warming, including the destruction already wreaked by deadly weather events like the floods in Pakistan, have mounted.

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