Poland's youth take part in Global Climate Strike

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As part of Friday's Global Climate Strike, tens of thousands of young Poles took to the streets of around 60 cities nationwide. The event was organised by the Youth Climate Strike (MSK) group. Thousands of cities around the world took part in the protest.

In Warsaw, the so-called Thousand Cities Protest started just after 10am when young people gathered at Konstitucji Square and proceeded towards the central meeting point on Defilad Square, which surrounds Warsaw's landmark Palace of Science and Culture. On route, the protestors marched past the national parliament building.

Many of the participants carried banners with slogans such as "No time to regret money, while forests are burning" or "There are no families, animals or holidays on a dead planet."

Apart from the major protest in the capital, around 60 Polish cities also took part in the global event.

The Youth Climate Strike presented six demands, including calling upon the Polish government to officially recognise the climate catastrophe by announcing a state of climate crisis and following a climate policy based on current scientific research presented in a report commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC).

The whole climate change youth movement was inspired by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who in 2018 picketed outside the Swedish parliament every Friday while holding a banner which read "School Strike for Climate."

"We are not an organisation, only a social movement," Ewa Rewers of MSK told PAP. "In Poland we have been active since December, however, such an action as has taken place today, is taking place in our country for the fourth time," she added.

Between 21-23 September, the United Nations Climate Change Summit will take place in New York. As participants of Friday's MSK protest pointed out, this summit may decide the fate of our planet.