Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
Organizers said on Facebook before the event: “THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. On May 24th, New York City students will join countries around the world in the 2nd ever Global Climate Strike. We are demanding that NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.
You may have heard about the first event March 15th. The first Global Climate Strike was held on March 15th with over 1 million students striking school in 125 different countries around the world. The protests called for politicians to take immediate action to combat climate change and New York City students agreed. At 2pm on March 15th, five thousand students rallied at Columbus Circle, walking out of their classes to demand that New York City take action.
On May 24th we will rally at Columbus Circle at 2PM and then March to Time Square because TIME. IS. UP.
The March 15th Youth Climate Strike: During the week of March 15, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places. The 1.6million strikers is data gathered by FFF for 40% of countries.
About Fridays for Future Global: #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.
On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.
The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes.”