Breaking News: 100,000s children take to the streets on #climatestrike globally [image: Fossil Free Digest]
Today is an historic day. As I write, 100,000s of children and students have already walked out of school to strike for the climate. And their global call to action is only just beginning — with incredible images and video from Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe and Africa already flowing in.
Young people’s message is clear: “Dear Adults, Use Your Power”. And this Fossil Free global movement has responded: thousands of you have been shouting about 5 simple ways grown-ups can support
What happens today will resonate long beyond 15 March 2019; this is an epic wake up call for our future. *A whirlwind moment we must seize. *
We’re giving this edition over to the young strikers today (and the Guardian is, too!
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A belated Happy International Women’s Day to you all, too.
Nicole School Strikes Special
Greta’s tweet above shows the massive 30,000+ crowd out in Sydney; across *Australia* organizers are counting 150,000 people taking part in 55 strikes around the country, which is begging the question: will we hit one million worldwide by day’s end?
*Hong Kong strike 15 March. Photo: Alex Hofford*
In Bukidon, *the Philippines*, a group of students trekked over 12 mountainous kilometers
Yet difficulties arose. In *Uganda*, a young student who has been actively taking on leadership and organizing had their strike not permitted
*Students in Cape Town preparing to kick off their school strike. Photo: 350 Africa*
Remember, today is only the beginning. Strikes in Europe and Africa are underway right now
In Case You Missed It
Yesterday, in Nairobi, *Kenya*, leaders met for the One Planet Summit, despite the tragic loss of 17 delegates in the Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday. The summit aims to advance climate action for Africa; yet sponsors like the African Development Bank (ADB) continue to fund fossil fuels on the continent. People from Africa and European countries to the Summit made it clear the ADB needs to stop
*40,000 people attended Sunday’s Climate March in Amsterdam. *
Last Sunday March 10, despite dreary rain in *Amsterdam*, over 40,000 people were in the streets to demand more ambitious and just climate policy. The huge *Klimaatmars* brought together different groups from across the Netherlands, including school strikers, communities impacted by gas extraction in Groningen and those fighting to break the Netherlands’ ties with Shell. Just last month, 6 organizations including Fossielvrij NL announced they’re taking Shell to court
Other legal challenges: In *Poland*, lawyers are taking on what would be the country’s deepest coal mine
In an unprecedented move felt in global financial markets, *Norway’s* $1-trillion sovereign wealth fund (the world’s largest) divested from small and medium upstream oil and gas companies. ‘Integrated’ companies, like oil majors, aren’t included in the divestment – but it seems there’s certainly political will to include them
Smaller people-powered wins were reported as well, with divestments in Clare Hall
I absolutely love this video of students at Nelson College in New Zealand doing the Haka, the Maori tradition, to inaugurate today’s school strike. The energy is incredible – watch!
Have Your Say
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That’s it for now. Let’s all keep an eye out as strikes keep rolling – and we’ll be in touch again soon with all the latest developments