Children around the world are going on strike. They are unhappy because their countries are doing too little to fight climate change. There is a growing international movement called School Strike for Climate. Instead of going to school, students have been skipping classes to take part in street protests. Many protests are outside government buildings. The movement began in August 2018 when Swedish student Greta Thunberg stood outside Sweden's government. She held a sign that read: "School strike for climate". Photos of her went viral on social media. Students worldwide are now copying her.
In 2019, strikes have taken place across Europe, North America and Australia. Students held banners reading, "Why learn without a future?" "If you do not act as adults, we will" and "Like the sea level, we rise." A worldwide strike is planned for March 15. Many scientists, politicians and teachers congratulated the students. However, not everyone supports them. Australia's leader called for "more learning in schools and less activism". A U.K. journalist wrote: "If children really must wag their fingers at older generations for some imaginary sin, I wish they'd do it at the weekend."