by MHI Youth Participant
On September 20, nearly the entire world took part in the largest climate protest, and the most international protest in human history. Everywhere—everywhere—participated: New York, New Delhi, Turkey, Thailand, Senegal, Sao Paulo, Paris, Papua New Guinea. In total, an estimated 185 (out of 195) countries participated in the student-led outcry against the coming climate catastrophe, kicking off a week of events worldwide.
In New York City, a quarter-million people marched from Foley Square to Battery Park, shutting down the heart of lower Manhattan. Signs in New York which read “There is No Planet B” were echoed a continent away—in Portuguese.
Not only were youth were at the forefront of the marches, with science classes marching side-by-side and parents holding their little ones’ crayon-drawn signs, but many of the demonstrations around the globe were organized by youth themselves. “You’ll Die of Old Age, We’ll Die of Climate Change” was a common sign everywhere. Young people worldwide made one thing clear: if adults aren’t mature enough to act now, then youth will act.