Students Around the World Protest Climate Change Inaction

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Published on March 15, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

Students Around the World Protest Climate Change Inaction

Youth Climate Strike events were set to take place in more than 100 countries and territories, including almost every state in the U.S.

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Students Around the World Protest Climate Change Inaction

"Waters rise.

Hear our cries.

Do not let our planet die," students chanted.

Students all over the world skipped class Friday to protest inaction on climate change.

They carried signs that read, "There is no planet B" and "School can wait but the environment can't."  NPR reports  Youth Climate Strike events were set to take place in more than 100 countries and territories.

In the U.S., students in almost every state took part in the rallies.

"We strike for clean air.

We strike for clean water.

We strike for treaty rights.

We strike for racial justice," one student said.

"The damage from climate change cannot be undone.

And that is simply something I chose not to accept," another student said.

"We must rise up.

We must vote elected officials out who put money above their people," another student said.

The protests come as pressure is increasing to back climate science and address what protest organizers call  "our climate crisis." In October 2018, the  U.N.

Called for countries  that are part of the Paris climate accord to take action to further restrict the rise in global temperatures.

The U.S.  pulled out of the accord  last summer.

Senate Minority Leader  Chuck Schumer  applauded the student protests and called on Congress to take action on the issue.

"So we stand with all of you, the students of America, making your voices heard," Schumer said.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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