Organizers said protesters would be turning out in 156 countries from such disparate locations as the US, Nepal, Senegal, Quebec, Rome, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden, Bolivia and Peru. New York City’s 1.1 million school students will be excused from class to participate in the strike protests. Chicago Public Schools allowed students to join the march but said they would receive an unexcused absence if they didn’t return to class afterward. ‘The days of protest are an effort to coordinate different groups for different actions in different countries.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, who came to New York on a solar-powered sailboat to attend the strike in New York City and then the summit has a strong voice addressing climate concerns. “A lot of politicians have told me that panicking does not do any good. I agree, but when your house is on fire and you want to prevent it from collapsing, it is better to panic a little,” she said. Thunberg was in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate in front of the White House and to testify before Congress. Organizers of the Global Climate Strike marches claim their effort is being joined by 6,000 websites and major companies, including Tumblr, Kickstarter, WordPress, Seventh Generation and Patagonia.