Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Dhaka to London and New York will march for urgent action on climate breakdown.
Tens of thousands of mostly students have taken to the streets of Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries as a day of worldwide demonstrations against climate change gets underway.
Millions of people around the world are expected to take part in what could be the largest climate protest in history. British students are preparing to walk out of lessons and lectures and adults are being encouraged to join them as they strike.
Protests inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg are planned in around 150 countries as people demand world leaders take immediate action to limit the harmful effects of manmade climate change ahead of a environmental summit at the United Nations in New York on Monday, as the UN General Assembly opens.
The Global Climate Strike has begun, and not a moment too soon because the planet is in a bad way. The Arctic has been burning and fires still rage in the Amazon rainforest. Iceland recently held a funeral for a 700-year-old glacier that was lost to the increasing heat. One million species are threatened with extinction and some have already been lost. Birds are dying in the billions across North America. We are living in an emergency -- and the kids are absolutely not alright. This September, students and adults are joining together in global strikes to demand action on climate change.
If you want to know the what, when and where of the September Global Climate Strikes, we have you covered.
When Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school student, sat in front of the Swedish parliament building with her hand-painted "Skolstrejk för klimatet" sign, she kick-started a worldwide movement. It wasn't the first time school kids had walked out of school to demand change, but Thunberg's one-person strike on the steps of parliament drew global attention. On Fridays leading up to the 2018 Swedish election, she'd miss class to protest, sign in hand.