I'm not old enough to vote, but I'm marching against climate change

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Three student activists, all young women, helmed the protests in the U.S.: Alexandria Villasenor, Haven Coleman, and Isra Hirsi, daughter of Representative Ilhan Omar, who announced she would be attending the Youth Climate Strike in D.C. Already, in Australia, the protests have drawn impressive numbers in Perth and Brisbane.

Thousands of schoolchildren in Australia and New Zealand have kicked off the global Fridays for Future protest, demanding global leaders take action on climate change.

The day of action is inspired by 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who hit global headlines after she held a solo protest outside her country's parliament every Friday last summer.

On Friday, thousands of students are expected to demonstrate in more than 100 countries in what activists say could be a milestone moment in a grassroots campaign to push world leaders into doing more.

More than 1000 school pupils have turned out for the protest in Edinburgh.

Protesters including the Raging Grannies, as well Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and high school students from the Portland Youth Climate Council, gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday, March 13, to oppose the expansion of Zenith Terminals, which could increase the number of oil trains moving through Portland.

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"We love learning, that's important for them to know".

This is a rapidly growing worldwide movement that flowed from Greta's individual decision on 20 August a year ago to take Friday off school to sit on the ground outside the Swedish Parliament Building in Stockholm demanding change.

Climate change is not a new thing.

She said: There's no better way to make our point than not be where we're supposed to be. But then the U.N.'s IPCC report came out a year ago [and] it pushed me even further to take action.

One of the photos shared by the 31-year-old featured a student holding a sign that read: "I am no longer accepting the things I can not change".

"That's why they need our support", he said.

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Tom, 17, said: "This is my life, the life of my children in the future, so to be off school is a courageous move for us all".

"I have genuine fear that my future will not be what it should be".

"We have only been born into this world, we are going to have to live with this crisis our whole lives".

"The people in office now are not going to be here for the true effects of climate change", said Olivia Porrill, of Gardendale, who is a senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

"It's vital now that politicians don't just listen - we need decisive action to stop climate breakdown".

The students say they have heard teens from other schools, including Halifax West, Charles P. Allen, and Eastern Passage, will join them. The denial of climate change is not new either.

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