Young activists march for climate in Warsaw

Similar demonstrations took place in a number of cities across Poland. Marcin Obara/PAP

Some 3,000 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, marched in the streets Warsaw on Friday demanding more government action against climate change, including a departure from fossil fuels and improving air quality.

The demonstrators demanded that the Polish climate policy be conducted in line with the latest findings of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They also urged the Polish parliament to announce a state of climate crisis and appealed for climate education at school.

Other demands included the establishment by parliament of an independent Climate Board that would prepare Poland's strategy for reaching climate neutrality by 2040.

The young people said they would demand that politicians meet their climate obligations which they had made before the October 13 parliamentary elections.

Before the start of the protest, the organisers pointed out that the demonstration coincided with the Black Friday shopping spree as they criticised consumerism, arguing that industrial production substantially contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

Similar demonstrations took place in a number of cities across Poland.