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Youth in Asia and the Pacific went on strike for the planet this past Friday September 20 2019, part of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg ‘Fridays For Future’ campaign, to demand climate justice. Millions took to the streets as students from all over the world joined in the third internationally coordinated Global Climate Strike to demand an end to fossil fuels. Throughout Asia and the Pacific, strikes were carried out everywhere from rural towns to urban cities, brandishing signs like “There Is No Planet B” to urge governments to take climate change seriously. View our gallery from Kathmandu to Manila, photos of the students as it happened in cities across the region.
Solomon Islands, The Pacific
Schoolchildren arriving at the climate strike organised by the Matagi Malohi group.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathering in Sydney to call for climate action.
Student strikers take over roads and bridges in Brisbane to demand more action from the Australian government.
Protesters holding up a banner and marching around Shibuya Ward in Tokyo.
Environmental activists, joined by students, host a performance as part of a global climate strike in Korea’s capital city.
No large scale student strikes were organised in Hong Kong this year, but around 100 turned up at a last-minute event led by 350 Hong Kong and Waste Free Hong Kong at the Central Ferry Piers.
Marinel Ubaldo, super-typhoon Haiyan survivor, protesting outside the Philippine headquarters of Shell to call for climate justice in Manila.
Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Youth from Ilocos Norte hosting a climate strike after their coastal cleanup activity as part of Youth 4 Climate Philippines.
Children partake in the Fridays for Future strike in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A climate change rally joined by students lying on the ground as part of a “die-in”, symbolising collective grief over biodiversity loss and damage caused by climate change events at the Speakers’ Corner in Singapore.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur also saw a high turnout of young protesters marching and chanting for climate justice.
Youth in Bangkok march to Thailand’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource, holding placards and chanting slogans for climate justice.
New Delhi, India
A young shouts slogans in front of India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in New Delhi as part of their climate strike.
Organised by Power Shift Nepal, students from the Kathmandu Xavier’s Public School joins many other schools to call for a shift to renewable energy.
This article is a part of Green Queen’s collaboration in the Covering Climate Now project, a week-long initiative to raise global awareness of our planet’s climate emergency.
Lead image courtesy of Thai News Pix.