Spanish students join protest against climate change

Students in Lausanne protesting against climate change last month. Photo: Laurent Gillieron / EFE va La Vanguardia
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Groups of Spanish students rallying under the banner of Juventud por el clima (‘Youth for Climate’) will be joining students from around the world on Friday in the first “international strike against climate change”.

Organizing marches and rallies in nearly 50 cities nationwide, the Spanish students’ classroom strike and protest rallies are part of a global day of awareness taking place in more than 1,000 cities in 89 countries designed to draw attention to the urgent need for action to stem the growing deterioration of our natural environment worldwide and the increase in global warming.

In Spain, thousands of students are expected to leave their classrooms on Friday and participate in marches and rallies in cities that include: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Bilbao, Murcia, Málaga, Zaragoza, Palma, A Coruña, Oviedo, Valladolid, Albacete, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Granada, Santander, Vitoria, Alicante, Salamanca, Logroño, Pamplona and Badajoz.

► Read a list of times and locations of climate strike events across Spain …

Greta Thunberg. Photo: AP / La Vanguardia

The Youth for Climate movement began in August when 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg left school to protest against climate change in front of the Swedish parliament and vowed to do so every Friday until legislators passed substantive measures to combat global warming and climate change.

Thunberg’s example gained international attention via social media and under the hashtag #FridaysforFuture has since grown rapidly, as students around the world began to emulate her Friday protests, spawning the Youth for Climate movement.

In Spain, the movement kicked off on 18th January in Catalonia, when three students of biology and environmental sciences in the city of Girona left classes to protest in front of the local delegation of the Catalan regional Generalitat government. Quickly spreading to Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza and Valencia, hundreds of other Spanish students have now joined the regular Friday classroom strikes and protests to draw the attention of legislators and government officials to the growing danger of climate change.

► Visit the ‘Juventud por el clima’ website to learn more, here …

► Read More in Spanish at Europa Press, La Vanguardia and El Periódico …

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