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Youth climate activists organize strike

As part of a worldwide strike against global warming, students from the city also protested here at Town Hall junction, urging the Union Government to declare a ‘climate emergency’ in response to rising temperatures. The event was the Bengaluru chapter of an event held in 11 cities across India, in more than 118 countries, seven continents and over 1,800 cities globally, on Saturday as part of the second edition of the global Climate Strike for the Future organized as part of the Fridays For Future (FFF) initiative by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish student and climate activist. This was the second such protest organized in Bengaluru, this year. In March, over 1.6 million young strikers from all 7 continents, more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places walked out of their classrooms to strike and demand government action. Armed with placards with messages written on them, students, many of whom were in there uniforms, raised slogans, took pledges to reuse, reduce and recycle and also put up street play and music performances to highlight the various forms of environmental degradation being caused by people today. The turnout at these protests have doubled since last year reportedly. Cities including Nagercoil, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Kochi participated.

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