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Date posted: 27 September 2019
Operation Noah supporters, board members and staff members joined the striking students in the streets of UK cities on Friday.
Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who started to strike from school every Friday in August 2018, inspired the Strike. Since then students around the world have joined Greta in her strike, asking ‘why should any young person be made to study for a future when no one is doing enough to save that future?’
For the protests last Friday, the school strikers invited adults to join the strike for the first time. This ‘intergenerational’ climate strike was coordinated internationally, with more than 2500 protests worldwide. Over 200 events were held in the UK alone.
The global climate strike is believed to have been the largest climate protest in history. More than 4,600 protests took place in 163 countries over all seven continents. According to 350.org, more than 4 million people worldwide took to the streets to demand political action against climate change. They further reported that there were 40,000 people striking in France; 2,600 in Ukraine; 5,000 in South Africa; 10,000 in Turkey; 5,000 in Japan; 100,000 in London; 330,000 in Australia; 250,000 in NYC; and 1.4 million in Germany.
Ruth Jarman marched in Winchester with friends and family. Britta Graham-Hyde supported the strike in Lancaster. James Buchanan and Darrell Hannah and his son, Michael, joined the protests in London. Darrell said, ‘There was a carnival atmosphere on the green next to Parliament. I have never seen so many young people at a protest before! It was good to see so many turn out!’ The protest was followed by an Interfaith Reflection at the Westminster Friends House.
People of all ages will be returning to the streets on 7 October for a period of nonviolent direct action in central London organised by Extinction Rebellion. Operation Noah has offered to be the postal address for anyone wanting to send in a prayer flag to decorate the ‘Bridge of Faith’ where prayer for the earth’s future will be offered around the clock. People of all faiths and none are invited to take part.