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The scene as hundreds join climate protest in Truro

The scene as hundreds join climate protest in Truro

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:55pm 20th September 2019.

This was the scene as hundreds of young people took to the streets of Truro to march in a protest against climate change.

They are calling for the government to take urgent measures.

Millions of people across the world are taking to the streets with 139 countries expected to take part.

One of those is 13-year-old Beth Saddler from Helston.

She told Pirate FM she is 'petrified about what is going to happen to us'.

Climate protest Truro
The scene in Truro as hundreds of people call for urgent action on climate change. Photo: Chloe Lyme.

"Children in my generation - we're scared that we're not going to have a future like the generations before us did.

"Because the world is collapsing - our civilisation is going to collapse.

"We're all just petrified for what's going to happen to us.

"Everybody needs to make small changes to help if they can.

"But really I think everybody needs to come together and make the government listen and just turn more environmetally-friendly as a unit".

Beth Saddler

Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, students are leading events from Australia to Iceland that highlight the need to address what they describe as a climate emergency.

People across the world are taking time off school or work to join the global event.

Miss Thunberg, 16, posted on social media just hours before the sun came up for the first countries in the world to see 20th September.

She wrote: "Soon the sun will rise on Friday the 20th of September 2019. Good luck Australia, The Philippines, Japan and all the Pacific Islands. You go first!"

In the UK, there will be more than 200 events and demonstrations, with tens of thousands of people expected to take part.

Climate protest Truro
Students across Cornwall has skipped school to take part in the protest. Photo: Chloe Lyme

What is happening across the world?

The demonstrations will take different forms, but all aim to promote awareness of climate change and demand political action to curb contributing factors to climate change, namely carbon emissions, organisers said.

For example, in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, people will dance on the beach in a pledge to protect their natural heritage.

In Istanbul a climate festival, concerts and workshops will be held in a public park.trations, with tens of thousands of people expected to take part.

School Strike 4 Climate has estimated that around 100,000 people are protesting in Melbourne, while a mass demonstration has also taken place in Sydney.

In Thailand, protesters have already stormed the environment ministry in Bangkok and hosted a 'die-in'.

Businesses have also got involved in the action, with a Lush store in Singapore announcing it would be closed for the day with a sign on its window reading: "Sorry we are closed due to an emergency: the climate emergency."

The events come ahead of a United Nations climate summit, which starts in New York on 23rd September.

Greta will be among those taking part, having recently sailed to New York from Plymouth in a zero carbon emissions vessel.

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