Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

Students in more than 1,000 cities worldwide are planning to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP)
Updated 15 March 2019
0

Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

  • The coordinated ‘school strike’ was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg
  • The protests are scheduled in about 100 countries, from New Zealand to the US

BERLIN: Students in more than 1,000 cities worldwide are planning to skip class Friday to take to the streets in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming.
The coordinated ‘school strike’ was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.
Since then, the protests have snowballed. This week’s rallies are expected to be one of the biggest international actions against climate change yet.
The protests are scheduled in about 100 countries, from New Zealand to the United States.
While some politicians have criticized the students, saying they should be spending their time in school and not on the streets, scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany.


Mike Pompeo urges Moscow to cease ‘unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

Updated 8 min 35 sec ago
0

Mike Pompeo urges Moscow to cease ‘unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior” by supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a phone call with his Russian counterpart, the State Department said on Monday.
Spokesman Robert Palladino said Pompeo had spoken to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Venezuela on Monday.
“The secretary told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela,” Palladino said in a statement that also condemned Russian military support for the “illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro.”