‘Millions’ protest in youth-led global climate change strike Sep 22, 2019 0 521 12345 AFPNew YorkMasses of children skipped school to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was “only the beginning,” ahead of a UN youth summit she will participate in Saturday.Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied. “Change is coming whether they like it or not,” said Thunberg, hitting out at skeptics as she wrapped up the massive day of action in New York, where she said that 250,000 protested.Strike organizers 350.org said Friday’s rallies were the start of 5,800 protests across 163 countries over the next week. From Berlin to Boston, Kampala to Kiribati, Seoul to Sao Paulo, protesters brandished signs with slogans including “There is no planet B” and “Make The Earth Great Again.” In New York’s Battery Park, tens of thousands of supporters gave Thunberg a rockstar reception, chanting her name as she called on leaders to act now to curb gas emissions.“Why should we study for a future that is being taken away from us?” She asked. “We demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?” On Saturday, she and 500 other youth environmentalists from around the world will take part in the first-ever Youth Climate Summit. Then on Monday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has convened a Climate Action Summit where more than 60 world leaders will take to the podium to present greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.Events began Friday in the deluge-threatened Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, the Solomons and Kiribati, where children chanted: “We are not sinking, we are fighting.” The defiance reverberated across the globe as kids closed their textbooks in a collective call to action. “We are the future and we deserve better,” 12-year-old Lilly Satidtanasarn, known as “Thailand’s Greta” for her campaign against plastic bags in malls, said in Bangkok. RELATED ARTICLES Trump slams ‘partisan’ whistleblower, Biden responds forcefully Sep 22, 2019 0 693 UK Labour deputy leader survives bid to oust him over Brexit Sep 22, 2019 0 769 Malta takes some migrants from Ocean Viking, but leaves others onboard Sep 22, 2019 0 786 First Indian will be sent to space by our rocket in 2021: ISRO chief New Delhi: If India does launch the Gaganyaan mission, it will be the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. The mission is estimated to cost around Rs 10,000 crore. India is moving ahead to meet its .. PM Imran reaches New York to attend UNGA session tribune.com.pk islamabad Prime Minister Imran Khan reached New York on Saturday on a week-long visit to attend the UN General Assembly session and be part of a host of other activities, including a meeting President .. Manila halts aid talks with backers of UN rights probe into drug war Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has ordered the suspension of all loan and grant talks with foreign governments that backed a United Nations resolution to review human rights abuses .. Italy rise in ‘phantom’ boats as new route sees migrants go undetected Rome: Italy has seen a rise in so-called “phantom” boat arrivals as traffickers ferry migrants across the Mediterranean from Tunisia rather than Libya without being spotted, a prosecutor warned Saturday. The closing .. US, El Salvador sign agreement on asylum to curb migration Washington: The United States and El Salvador reached an agreement Friday aimed at curbing illegal migration, opening the door for the US to potentially send refugees back to the violent Central American country. The .. 100 arrested in Paris ‘yellow vest’ protests Paris: Over a hundred demonstrators were arrested at yellow vest protests in Paris on Saturday as about 7,500 police were deployed to deal with the movement’s radical anarchist “black blocs” strand. After first ..