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Global Strike in Poland, March 15. Photo: Mlodziezowy Strajk Klimatyczny Slask

The global student strike was the most important political event of the 21st century.

In some 130 countries, 1.3 million students supported by people from all social sectors have created an unprecedented global strike, demanding from world political leaders effective measures to solve the serious climate emergency we are facing.

From individual demonstrations, small groups to massive events took place in 2238 locations around the globe, according to information published on the Fridays For Future website.

This extraordinary desire to solve the climate crisis began to be forged in August 2018 when Greta Thunberg went on strike at the Swedish parliament demanding action to resolve the climate crisis.

Since then, thousands of students, beginning in Australia in November last year, and spreading back through many European countries, have staged massive mobilizations even during the harsh European winter.

It was, without a doubt, a spectacular event that surpassed all expectations, especially for the activists who, at the end of last year, were only a small group trying to organize a global movement.

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Milano, Italy, March 15. Photo: Fridays For Future – Milano

In Germany, there were 91thousand demonstrators; in Australia, 72 thousand; in Austria, 23 thousand; in Belgium, 53 thousand; in Canada, 157 thousand; in Croatia, 12 thousand; in Spain, 20 thousand; in the US, 13 thousand; France, 200 thousand; in the Netherlands, 50,000; in Ireland, 18 thousand, in Italy, 367 thousand; in Luxembourg 15 thousand; in Portugal, 15 thousand; in Sweden, 25 thousand; in Switzerland, 74 thousand; in the United Kingdom, 26 thousand. Some countries such as Slovenia, Czechia, India, Poland, Hungary, Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, among others, also made noteably important protests.

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Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf, climate scientist  supporting the global strike. Photo: Scientists For Future

A relevant aspect of the protest was the emergence of the group Scientists For the Future, which includes one of the most prominent climate scientists, Stefan Rahmstorf, from Germany; who in a few days collected some 25,000 signatures from colleagues in several countries such as Austria , Germany and Switzerland to support the student strike. An move that legitimises the students’ struggle.

Several days after the global strike, still no country has responded that it will take more effective measures to address the climate emergency.

RISE UP FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON MAY 24!

On May 24, the Second Global School Strike will be held. Of course, each participating country will have its specific claims, but the fight for the Climate Emergency Declaration at the global level may be the best way to awaken the entire population of the planet to the need for emergency measures. These measures give people a direct path towards solutions because we have experienced unthinkable tragedies, such as the destruction, days ago, of 90% of the city of Beira in Mozambique by Hurricane Idai, which has left a still unknown number of fatalities.

We require immediate emergency measures to definitively protect the future of young people, who like all our ancestors, have the right to live on a safe planet. A planet not destroyed by the harmful activity of the flawed system we live in and by the lack of necessary actions by people of all social levels.

If for the Global Strike of March 15 we were able to raise 130 countries, redoubling our efforts, we will be able to raise, in the Second Global Strike 200 countries in the fight for the Declaration of Climate Emergency at a global level. If we are to win this struggle, we will need to unite students, scientists, artists, teachers, firefighters, farmers and workers from all walks of life to the greatest political protest in the history of human civilization. All together for the future!

Tomi Mori

Tokyo, March 21, 2018.