Polish youths join global climate change protests

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-30 03:55:00|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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WARSAW, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Young Poles marched in cities across the country on Friday to demand urgent action on climate change, as part of the "Global Climate Strike" campaign.

Youths carrying placards took to the streets of Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow and Katowice, demanding "Enough words, it's time to act!" and "Don't raise the temperature for us."

In Warsaw, teenagers gathered at Bankowy Square where they highlighted growing public concern about the ecological crisis and air pollution, calling for immediate action.

The Polish capital suffers from dense smog, which activists assert is getting worse.

Demonstrators also called for fossil fuel-dependant countries to choose sustainable and renewable energy sources, and a commitment by the international community to meet targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.

The protest is part of a global movement led by "Fridays for Future", a grassroots student-run organization whose members take time off from school on Fridays to highlight climate issues and global warming.

The strikes were conceived by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who has become a global climate activist.

Poland has seen a huge uptick in climate activism in the last few years, with new groups like "Extinction Rebellion Poland "and the "Youth Climate Strike" gaining huge support.

This latest strike comes just days before the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, in Madrid.