Scenes from the Global Climate Strike

Photos from Sept. 20 Climate Strike in Portland:

Strike Highlights from around the world

September 20 in Vanuatu. Photo: Dan McGarry

Sunrise over the Pacific: The Solomon Islands kicked off the day, with protestors rowing to shore in Marovo to perform a traditional warrior dance. “We stand in solidarity with the global community of strikers by sharing our frontline truths in a way that resonates with Pacific Island people — through music, folklore, art, and storytelling.” Over 30 events rolled on across the Pacific.

With record-breaking turnouts in Melbourne and Sydney, over 400,000 people turned up across the country — and numbers could tick higher overnight as more reports come in. In Sydney, major roads in the city center were shut down. About 380 ship dock workers walked off the job in Hutchinson Port, according to the Maritime Workers Union.

Rain didn’t stop youth in Mumbai from demanding a safe future. Photo: Fridays for Future Mumbai.

South Asia: Over 70 events across India brought loads of color and energy into the day. In Nepal, a rally highlighted climate impacts on the Himalayas and opposed the government’s plan to start seismic tests for oil and gas drilling. In Ghoti, Pakistan, temperatures soared to 41˚C as people called out for justice. 

Kiev, Ukraine. Photo: 350 EECCA

Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: Organisers in Kiev were thrilled to report their strike was the largest climate mobilization yet. The first of three consecutive strike days kicked off in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi with others planned across the region.

Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Survival Media Agency

South Africa: A peaceful march in Johannesburg kicked off to push for a just transition towards a renewable energy future without coal. It’s the start of a week of positive climate action in communities, from beach clean-ups to urban gardening and recycled art workshops. The South African Federation of Trade Unions, which organizes 800,000 workers, supports the strikes. 

FridaysforFuture march in Berlin. Photo: Carmen Viñas 

Opening big: Berlin’s march just kicked off with massive numbers — 270,000 strikers! — despite some public transportation grinding to a halt. Others in Berlin began to blockade bridges, and a series of escalatory actions are planned throughout the week. There were over 1.4 million strikers in Germany alone.

The total number of Germany’s strikes topped 500 — and many countries in Europe, including Italy, Portugal, and the Netherlands won’t even hold their main strikes until Friday, 27 September. We can expect turnout in the millions today: Follow the live coverage for updates.

New York City, USA. Photo: Survival Media Agency

United States: New York City kicked things off strong in the Western Hemisphere with a whopping 300,000 strikers marching downtown. They ended the day with a huge rally at Battery Park, where youth activists from around the world took the stand — from Artemisa Xakriabá of Guardians of the Forest in the Amazon to Greta Thunberg of Sweden.

With over 1100 Climate Strike events taking place across the US today and throughout the week, total turnout in the US has already surpassed 500,000 — and counting.

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