- Millions of people are skipping school and working around the world to protest climate change.
- They demand "the end of the fossil fuel era."  Climate activist Greta Thunberg is one of thousands who participated in the New York march.
- Thousands joined marches in New York, Chicago, Denver and other cities throughout the country.
Millions of people around the world are leaving their schools and workplaces on Friday to seek urgent action on climate change. The global climate strikes, which are taking place in more than 1
The protests were organized by young people around the world who are part of the Fridays for the Future campaign, which sees students drop out of their schools on Friday to urge their political leaders to take urgent action to tackle climate change.
"We must act now to stop the burning of fossil fuels and guarantee a rapid energy revolution with fixed capital, reparations and climate justice," climate change organizers say.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg participated in protests in New York City, where 1.1 million students were allowed to drop out of school to join. She tweets from the hike that "New York looks huge!" Lower Manhattan is absolutely full of people. "
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"Together, united, we are unstoppable," says Tunberg
Protesters in New York have completed the 1.3-kilometer hike from Foley Square to Battery Park, on the summit of Manhattan. Tunberg tweets that there are an estimated 250,000 people hiking in New York.
Tunberg addressed the crowd, urging world leaders to listen to scientific reports that include data on rising sea temperatures, CBS New York reports.
"How can we involve more young people – I mean to tell them the truth, to tell them how it is," Thunberg said. "Because when I found out what it really was, it infuriated me, so I wanted to do something about it. "
Thousands join the march of Portland
Thousands of students gathered in front of the Portland City Hall and made requests to Mayor Ted Wheeler, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reported. They also called for an end to the 1965 fossil fuel era. ] The rally began at the City Hall at 10:30 a.m. Protesters marched to the Science Museum and Oregon Police Climate Conference
Portland police said a demonstration on Friday was allowed to march on the street beginning at about 11:30 a.m. The march route departs from Southeast Fourth Avenue and Southwest Madison Street [and Hawthorn Bridge]. 19659007] Protesters held signs saying things like "The climate is changing, why aren't we?" And "There is no planet B."
School district officials said they couldn't be more proud.
"We believe that this action by our students is a clear example of the learning and advocacy that is hoped for by all our students. The theme aligns with both our district policies and core curricula, "Portland Public Schools wrote in a letter to parents.
Tunberg says millions attended early marches
Greta Tunberg tweeted on Friday , saying that at least 3 million people attended early protests across the globe, and that was before the North and South American counts. She was expected to speak at a rally in New York on Friday.
Demonstrators in lower Manhattan were holding signs. who said that "climate change is a river "no planet B": and "if you did your job, we would be at school."
Manhattan District President Gale Brewster tweeted a video showing protesters filling the streets from Foley Square to Center Street "and" Chambers "and through Broadway
Brewster is one of a number of New York local elected officials who attended the strike that took place outside the mayoralty. that he “had never seen so many people. So inspired by these young people! There are people as far as you can see! "
Thousands join near Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office
Thousands gathered in San Francisco near the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Seventh and Market Streets Federal Building. Protesters marched on Market Street around 10:30 p.m., chanting "climate change must go" and "climate justice now," CBS San Francisco reports.
They headed to the office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein at 1 Post Street and they plan to return to the Federal Rally Building. Muni traffic and service were blocked along a large segment of Market Street.
San Francisco action organizers have said they are calling on Pelosi and Feinstein to support the Green New Deal, an ambitious climate action plan introduced by Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
They also call on corporations such as Bank of America, Amazon and PG&E to break free from the fossil fuel industry and improve their own reliance on renewable energy.
Many students from Auckland schools attended a rally, said district spokesman John Sasaki.
Students are also expected to leave the University of California at Berkeley. At 11:00 am, the PTs were gathering at Sproul Plaza.
Participating students stated that severe forecasts of rising global temperatures scare them from the consequences if no immediate action is taken.
"I'm afraid for our future if we even have one," said Otto, a 13-year-old San Francisco student.
Thousands join the strike in Chicago
Thousands join the strike in downtown Chicago, CBS Chicago reported. The protesters began gathering Friday morning in Grant Park and the plan is to hike to Federal Plaza.
Illinois head of Youth Climate Strike organizes protest. Speakers began at 12 a.m. CT, with the group calling on Governor J.B. Pritzker to adopt the Clean Energy Act for work. The bill aims to put the state on the path to 100% clean energy by 2050.
New York students will not be punished for leaving school
The New York State Department of Education says students who have parental approval will not be in trouble for their visit. Younger students can only leave school with a parent, and teachers are forbidden to eat.
"We applaud our students when they raise their voice in a safe and respectful manner on matters that are relevant to them. Young people around the world join #ClimateStrike this week – showing that students' actions will take us forward, "the New York Department of Education tweeted on September 12.
There are 1.1. millions of students in New York's public school system, the largest in the country.
Tens of thousands are expected to rally downtown, and 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is expected to address the crowd.
Germany agrees $ 60 billion package on climate policy
The German government announced a $ 60 billion package of measures to tackle climate change on Friday as protesters marched across the country to seek urgent action.
"We believe that we can achieve the goals and that we have really laid the groundwork for it," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The country aims to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
Although the environment has been one of the most important issues for German voters, Germany's environmental protection in recent years it is lagging behind other countries in Europe and is well on the way to meeting its large emissions target by 2020, according to the Associated Press.
Climate protests in Kabul march despite violence
Approximately 100 climate protesters march through the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday after armed personnel and surrounded by soldiers with weapons to protect them, the Associated Press reported.
Afga Nistan was named the most dangerous country in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
"We know that war can kill a group of people," said one of the organizers, Fardin Barakzai. "The problem in Afghanistan is that our leaders are fighting for power, but the real power is in nature."
Thousands of protesters turn up in London
Thousands of protesters turn out in London, Imtiaz Tyab reports in London after climate strikes take place in the United Kingdom.
Demonstrators gather outside the Houses of Parliament. over the past nine years, winters have been, on average, 5% wetter than they were between 1981 and 2010, according to BBC News.
Germany is sticking to the new climate policy
Following all-day talks in Berlin, the German government has come closer to negotiating new measures to tackle climate change on Friday, local media reported, as protesters took to the streets, to ask for action.
How Europe's largest economy decides to tackle greenhouse gas emissions is shutting down
The environment is a major problem for German voters and students hold major weekly protests inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to submit details of the plan later
Low turnout in Nigeria's largest city
Turnout for climate protests in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, is low , BBC News reported. About 30 people were on the streets.
Ashore, Lagos will be affected by rising sea levels. However, more people protested in Abuja, where hundreds gathered.
"I want to breathe clean"
New Delhi in India is one of the most polluted cities in the world and dozens of climate protesters gathered at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Friday as part of the global climate shocks.
"I want to breathe clean," protesters called out, according to the Associated Press. Some wore signboards such as: "No Earth B."
About 100,000 children under the age of 5 are killed by air pollution in India every year.
Great Barrier Reef in Australia dies
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, but half of its corals have died.
Scientists say that warming waters are the biggest threat to the system, causing last year a "mass whitening event" that "prepares" it, BBC News reported.
The United Nations is considering adding a reef to its list of threatened sites.
"We don't sink, we fight"
Thousands of protesters in Asia and the Pacific began Friday's global climate shock, which is expected to be the largest protest against climate change in history.
In Australia, about 300,000 people took to the streets. Events also took place in the low-lying islands of Vanuatu and Kiribati, which are facing catastrophe with rising sea levels.
"We don't sink, we fight," the children in Kiribati chanted.
"There are many people here who can already feel the effects of climate change, such as typhoons," a French protester told AFP, a 23-year-old protestor in the Philippines. Experts say increasing storms and rising sea levels are already affecting the island state.
Business Supporting Climate Strikes
Some businesses let workers take days off to participate in strikes, while others shut down directly, MoneyWatch reporter CBS News reports Irina Ivanova. More than 7,000 companies have vowed to draw attention to the protests by donating advertising space or placing banners on their sites.
CBS News has compiled a list of businesses that close here.