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‘Millions’ around globe to take part in climate strikes

A series of events around the world have been announced today, which will see millions of people taking action and calling on governments to do more to solve climate change.

Organisers claim that the climate strikes, scheduled for 20 and 27 September 2019, are set to be the largest mobilisation of people against climate breakdown. According to the organisers, more than 6,000 people across the world have pledged to organise events with more to come.

A number of actions around the world will also take place between 20-27 September, organised by the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice.

The global climate strikes and week of actions have been timed to take place around the UN Climate Summit, which takes place on 23 September in New York. The Summit will itself focus on increasing efforts to meet the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, whose progress some claim has slowed since it was signed in 2015.

A video recorded by renowned climate change activists Greta Thunberg and Bill McKibben has also been released, which calls on people to join the strikes.

Greta Thunberg said:

This shouldn’t be just the children’s responsibility. Now, the adults also need to help us. We are calling for them to strike from their work, we need everyone. There is nothing we can’t do, if not you, then who else, if not now, then when?

A number of businesses supporting the strikes have also announced that they will be closed for business during the strikes to enable employees to join people on the streets.

Joey Bergstein, CEO, Seventh Generation, said:

We stand with the youth  who are taking a stance today and raising up their voices to be able to have a real impact.

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