“September 20th was a demonstration of intent, of 4 million people who took time off from work or school to say that they are ready to move on and make the changes we need.”
As organizers behind Friday’s Global Climate Strike reported that four million children and adults attended marches and rallies all over the world—making it the biggest climate protest ever—they assured leaders who have been reticent to take bold climate action that the campaigners’ work is far from over.
The Global Climate Strike was just the first day in a week of public actions ahead of the U.N. Climate Action Summit.
We’ve been tracking reported crowd counts at #ClimateStrike events worldwide.
4 MILLION people and counting have walked out of school, work, or home today.
We’re not through. More actions are coming this week.
THANK YOU. Together we will build a world that works for all of us.
— 350 dot org (@350) September 20, 2019
On Saturday, the group shared images of more demonstrations being held in countries including Kenya, France, and Indonesia.
— BintiKhamis (@Rukiya_Khamis) September 21, 2019
3/ Right now, forest fires in Indonesia are stretching into Malaysia and polluting the air – but it didn’t stop over 1,000 people at their #ClimateStrike today. Young, old, indigenous came from near and far ♥️ pic.twitter.com/hhIV34IjDT
— 350 dot org (@350) September 21, 2019
— 350 dot org (@350) September 21, 2019
Young climate action leaders who helped to bring the Global Climate Strike to fruition are gathering Saturday at the U.N. in New York for a historic Youth Climate Summit. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, who held the first one-person climate strike a year ago in Sweden; 17-year-old Xiye Bastida, and 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor will speak at the event.
— Margaret Besheer (@mbesheer) August 30, 2019
As world leaders attend the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Monday, campaigners are planning dozens of events for the coming week to demand concrete action from policymakers to begin a rapid shift to a renewable energy economy.
350.org, one of the organizations behind the Global Climate Strike, reported late Friday that in the U.S. alone, 600,000 people—or two percent of the population—attended actions in their communities to kick off the week of action. An estimated 300,000 attended the strike in New York City.
Strikes were held in 185 countries, with 1.4 million walking out of their workplaces and classrooms across Germany and 330,000 attending actions all over Australia.
“Today we saw a movement, made up of people from all ages and backgrounds coming together and calling for the end of coal, oil, and gas,” said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org. “September 20th was a demonstration of intent, of 4 million people who took time off from work or school to say that they are ready. Ready to move on and make the changes we need for a future free from fossil fuels and based in climate equity and justice.”
“Today’s demonstrations mark the beginning of a global mobilization which will span until next Friday, September 27th,” Boeve added.
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
The move comes hours after police were kneeling along with protesters.
Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag
Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.
During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.
While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.
WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops
Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.
Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.
"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.