Photos: Climate-Change Protests Around the World

Since the beginning of the year, large numbers of protests against government inaction on issues of climate change have been taking place in cities worldwide. Most of the movement has taken place in Europe, is largely student-led, and was inspired by the Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has been speaking out and demanding action from leaders since last year. On March 15, thousands of environmentally concerned students in 80 countries held a “Fridays for Future” strike, marching through the streets with signs. This past week, parts of London were brought to a standstill by protesters from Extinction Rebellion, who have called on the British government to negotiate with them and to prioritize environmental protection.HINTS: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

  • An Austrian youth shouts slogans during a climate protest, part of the “Fridays for Future” movement, outside the Hofburg palace in Vienna on March 15, 2019, a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change. #Joe Klamar / AFP / Getty
  • Extinction Rebellion climate-change activists perform a mass “die-in” under the blue whale in the foyer of the Natural History Museum in London, England, on April 22, 2019, the eighth day of the environmental group’s protest calling for political action to combat climate change. #Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty
  • The Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (center) leads a march of thousands of French students through Paris, France, on February 22, 2019, to draw more attention to fighting climate change. Her sign reads: “School strike for the climate.” #Francois Mori / AP
  • Thousands take part in a “Fridays for Future” protest in Santiago, Chile, on March 15, 2019. #Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty
  • Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong on March 15, 2019. #Kin Cheung / AP
  • Students protest to demand action on climate change in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 15, 2019. #Rafael Marchante / Reuters
  • An inflatable planet Earth is bounced around the crowd during a climate-change-awareness rally at Sydney Town Hall in Australia on March 15, 2019. #Don Arnold / Getty
  • High-school students demonstrate near the Panthéon monument in Paris, France, on March 15, 2019. #Francois Mori / AP
  • Belgian students call for urgent measures to combat climate change during a demonstration in central Brussels, Belgium, on January 24, 2019. #Yves Herman / Reuters
  • Youths protest during the seventh Brussels youth climate march in Belgium on February 21, 2019. #Maja Hitij / Getty
  • The Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a meeting with the environment committee of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on April 16, 2019. She began her speech saying, “My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old, I come from Sweden, and I want you to panic. I want you to act as if the house was on fire. I have said those words before, and a lot of people have explained why that is a bad idea. A great number of politicians have told me that panic never leads to anything good, and I agree. To panic, unless you have to, is a terrible idea. But when your house is on fire and you want to keep your house from burning to the ground, then that does require some level of panic.” #Vincent Kessler / Reuters
  • Protesters carry signs as they march during the Youth Climate Strike in San Francisco, California, on March 15, 2019. #Justin Sullivan / Getty
  • Participants form a human pyramid during a rally for the Global Climate Strike for Future in Seoul, South Korea, on March 15, 2019. #Lee Jin-man / AP
  • About 1,000 Minnesota students skipped school to gather on the steps of the state capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 15, 2019, as part of global protests by young people to demand that governments take swift and decisive action to fight climate change. #Jim Mone / AP
  • Students take part in a global protest against climate change in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 15, 2019. #Mike Hutchings / Reuters
  • Students strike for action on climate change in front of the government headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 15, 2019. #Gleb Garanich / Reuters
  • A boy wears a mask as he attends a student climate strike as part of the Fridays for Future movement in Berlin, Germany, on April 5, 2019. #Markus Schreiber / AP
  • Students raise their fists during a protest against climate change on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on March 15, 2019. #Chris Wattie / Reuters
  • Demonstrators shout during a protest as they march through London, England, on April 12, 2019. #Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
  • Police officers attempt to remove climate-change activists who locked their hands together as they block traffic in the City of London financial district during environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 25, 2019. #Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty
  • A climate-change activist is seen up in the trees around Parliament Square during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, England, on April 23, 2019. #Peter Nicholls / Reuters
  • Demonstrators take part in a “funeral procession” during a climate protest in Parliament Square in London on April 15, 2019. #Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
  • Members of the police carry a demonstrator during an Extinction Rebellion protest at the Marble Arch in London on April 24, 2019. #Toby Melville / Reuters
  • Protesters march along Whitehall toward Parliament, with Nelson’s Column in the background, in London on April 23, 2019, during a climate protest. #Matt Dunham / AP
  • Demonstrators shout during a protest as they march through London, England, on April 12, 2019. Young protesters took to the streets after a government report revealed that the nation was set to miss its emissions targets. #Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

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