People protest to demand action on climate change in Hamburg, Germany, on September 20, 2019.
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  • Millions of people walking out of school and work, kicking off a week of protests calling for action to combat climate change.
  • The so-called global climate strike is part of a movement led by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg that has already seen a year of children leaving school to protest. Friday's protests invite adults to join.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in Australia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Kenya, Germany, the UK, and other countries, and protests are due to continue around the world.
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Millions of people around the world are expected to walk out of school and work on Friday, as part of the global climate strike inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.

It is the first of several planned events ahead of and during the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week.

The strikes started in Australia on Friday morning, where School Strike 4 Climate, the organizers of the event, say over 300,000 people took part across the country. They are spreading across the planet over the course of today, already reaching Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Germany, Turkey, Kenya, the UK, and many other countries.

"This is basically the only way to have our voice heard," Nishtha Sharma, 17, of Melbourne, Australia told Business Insider.

Here's a look at some of the protests:

In London the protest has the officially supported by the city's mayor. Demonstrators also lined the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

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"The Government must see this strike for what it is - a demand for immediate, ambitious action," Sadiq Khan tweeted.

Protests are planned across the UK. Protesters also gathered at monuments in Paris, France.

400 protests have been announced across Germany along. Here, people flood the streets of Hamburg.

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In Berlin, demonstrators stood with a rope around their necks on blocks of ice in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

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Organisers say over 300,000 people took part in the protests across Australia. Here, protesters march in Melbourne.

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School children in New Delhi, India, shouted slogans and held signs as they took part in the protests.


Schoolchildren in Turkey are also demonstrating.

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This photograph shows a huge crowd in a Sydney park.

It was tweeted by Kym Chapple, a politician for Australia's Greens Party.

The protests are led by school students, who started the movement this year by skipping school on Fridays to call for government action on climate change.

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The students reject the common criticism that they should be in school.

Danielle Porepilliasana, a high school student in Sydney, said: "World leaders from everywhere are telling us that students need to be at school doing work. I'd like to see them at their parliaments doing their jobs for once."

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People of all ages — including babies, toddlers, teens, and adults — gathered across the country.

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"I'm worried about the animals," 9-year-old Maeve, from Melbourne, told Business Insider.

"I'm worried about the ice melting which isn't very good."

The top 10 carbon emitters in the country also took questions from schoolchildren on Friday.

The protests are now spreading across the planet.

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In Thailand, people protested in front of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Bangkok.

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They staged a "die-in," an attempt to symbolize the consequences of climate change. They also delivered a letter to the government calling on it to declare a climate emergency and phase out coal.

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And students gathered in low-lying Bangladesh, calling for political leadership.

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Adults also took part in the protest. Here, people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demand action.

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Students also took to the streets in Poland. Here are some protesters in Krakow.

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There was also a protest in Hong Kong.

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The protests have also reached Cyprus.


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