Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

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  • Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

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    Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)

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    Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    A young student takes part in a global school strike for climate change in Canterbury, south east England, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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    Adults stand in solidarity with Indian students in a climate protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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    Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

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    Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    A boy wearing a mask sits behind a banner during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. About 150 students and other protesters attended a rally to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against climate change. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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    Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

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    Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes to protest their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

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    High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. Poster at center right reads "Utopians are not us". (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    Students attend a demonstrate during a "Climate strike" protest in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students from several countries worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

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    Students gather in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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    Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)

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    Students attend a protest ralley of the 'Friday For Future Movement' in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa via AP)

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    Students protest with a large EU flag on Westminster Bridge, London, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

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    Thousands of students march from St Stephens Green to Leinster House, Dublin, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Niall Carson//PA via AP)

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    Youngsters take part in a student climate protest in Parliament Square in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, right, speaks during a climate change demonstration, in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday March 15, 2019. Friday's rallies by students around the world were one of the biggest international actions yet to demand more government action to fight climate change. The coordinated 'school strikes,' were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (Henrik Montgomery/TT via AP)

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    Students shout pro-environment slogans during a rally in Madrid, Spain, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments' failure to take tough action against global warming. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    A girl holds up a poster as thousands of protesting high school students gather outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon while taking part in a global school strike for climate change Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. Words on the poster read in Portuguese "Do it for the climate". (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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    Youngsters lay down as they take part in a student climate protest at the bottom of Westminster Bridge in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    A girl holds up a fishing trap with a toy baby seal, in front of the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon as thousands of Portuguese high school students stage a protest while taking part in a global school strike for climate change Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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    A student holds a banner during a demonstration against climate change in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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    Students take part in a global protest for climate change in Cambridge city centre, England, Friday March 15, 2019. Angry students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments' failure to take though action against global warming. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

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    Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes to protest their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

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    Students take part in a global school strike for climate change in Canterbury, south east England, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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    A young student takes part in a global school strike for climate change in Canterbury, south east England, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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    Students march onto Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students march along Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students march to Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students stand outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Friday's rallies were one of the biggest international climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students hold up signs outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Friday's rallies were one of the biggest international climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Havana Chapman-Edwards, 8, of Washington, sits by a chalkboard with her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," Chapman-Edwards, who calls herself the tiny diplomat, said at the U.S. Capitol. "Today we are telling the truth and we do not take no for an answer." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Cole Hepburn, 20, of Montclair, N.J., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of his age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "It's our generation that's making the change and I feel like I should be a part of it and that it's very important," says the college student who is visiting Washington on his spring break, "it's hard for adults to change and us young people already have our minds set to improve while the old generation is afraid of change." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Havana Chapman-Edwards, 8, of Washington, poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Our earth is warming up and we have to stop this," she says, "if we have more droughts and more climate crisis it will be very bad for our future. We won't have a future when we grow up." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Stella Turner, 13, of Falls Church, Va., holds her brother Elan, 8-months, with a chalkboard of their ages in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "I wanted to come out today because I really want to fight for my future and my siblings future and my friends who might not grow up to have the same Earth other people had," says Elan, "each little thing I can do can help." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Kyana Pinto-Desbrosses, 10, of Washington, poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Some people think that kids shouldn't come out and protest," she says, "but we are the ones in the future who don't want our children to die because of climate change. Maybe as soon as 2050 we won't have food or shelter or water." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Alivia Roach, 14, of Fredericksburg, Va., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of his age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "It's important to get the word out about climate change," says Roach, "and how it's affecting the earth in not a good way." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Khamani Brown, 10, left, and her cousin Jisele Williams, 10, both of Washington, pose for a portrait with a chalkboard of their ages in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "We wanted to come because it's important that young people come out and support the change," says Brown, "to show we are up to the challenge and can do the same things that adults can." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Alix West, 17, of Reisterstown, Md., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "I don't want to die," says West, "I want to live in a clean world where I can have a kid that can survive." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Ahnika Hutchinson Salmeron, 5, of Washington, poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Kids need clean drinking water," says the five-year-old. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Isra Hirsi, 16, of Minneapolis, the daughter of Sen. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard stating her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington that was co-led by Hirsi. "It's important to advocate for those who can't control how climate change affects them," says Hirsi, "and there are lots of youth who are not aware of what's going on with our climate." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Kayleena Duvall, 6, of Baltimore, Md., stands for a portrait before a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

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    Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)

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    Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    A young student takes part in a global school strike for climate change in Canterbury, south east England, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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    Adults stand in solidarity with Indian students in a climate protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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    Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

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    Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    A boy wearing a mask sits behind a banner during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. About 150 students and other protesters attended a rally to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against climate change. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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    Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

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    Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes to protest their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

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    High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. Poster at center right reads "Utopians are not us". (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    Students attend a demonstrate during a "Climate strike" protest in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students from several countries worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

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    Students gather in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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    Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)

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    Students attend a protest ralley of the 'Friday For Future Movement' in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa via AP)

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    Students protest with a large EU flag on Westminster Bridge, London, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

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    Thousands of students march from St Stephens Green to Leinster House, Dublin, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Niall Carson//PA via AP)

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    Youngsters take part in a student climate protest in Parliament Square in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, right, speaks during a climate change demonstration, in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday March 15, 2019. Friday's rallies by students around the world were one of the biggest international actions yet to demand more government action to fight climate change. The coordinated 'school strikes,' were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (Henrik Montgomery/TT via AP)

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    Students shout pro-environment slogans during a rally in Madrid, Spain, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments' failure to take tough action against global warming. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    A girl holds up a poster as thousands of protesting high school students gather outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon while taking part in a global school strike for climate change Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. Words on the poster read in Portuguese "Do it for the climate". (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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    Youngsters lay down as they take part in a student climate protest at the bottom of Westminster Bridge in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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    A girl holds up a fishing trap with a toy baby seal, in front of the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon as thousands of Portuguese high school students stage a protest while taking part in a global school strike for climate change Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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    A student holds a banner during a demonstration against climate change in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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    Students take part in a global protest for climate change in Cambridge city centre, England, Friday March 15, 2019. Angry students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments' failure to take though action against global warming. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

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    Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes to protest their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

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    Students take part in a global school strike for climate change in Canterbury, south east England, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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    A young student takes part in a global school strike for climate change in Canterbury, south east England, Friday March 15, 2019. Students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take though action against global warming. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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    Students march onto Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students march along Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students march to Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students stand outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Friday's rallies were one of the biggest international climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Students hold up signs outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Friday's rallies were one of the biggest international climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Havana Chapman-Edwards, 8, of Washington, sits by a chalkboard with her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," Chapman-Edwards, who calls herself the tiny diplomat, said at the U.S. Capitol. "Today we are telling the truth and we do not take no for an answer." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Cole Hepburn, 20, of Montclair, N.J., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of his age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "It's our generation that's making the change and I feel like I should be a part of it and that it's very important," says the college student who is visiting Washington on his spring break, "it's hard for adults to change and us young people already have our minds set to improve while the old generation is afraid of change." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Havana Chapman-Edwards, 8, of Washington, poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Our earth is warming up and we have to stop this," she says, "if we have more droughts and more climate crisis it will be very bad for our future. We won't have a future when we grow up." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Stella Turner, 13, of Falls Church, Va., holds her brother Elan, 8-months, with a chalkboard of their ages in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "I wanted to come out today because I really want to fight for my future and my siblings future and my friends who might not grow up to have the same Earth other people had," says Elan, "each little thing I can do can help." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Kyana Pinto-Desbrosses, 10, of Washington, poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Some people think that kids shouldn't come out and protest," she says, "but we are the ones in the future who don't want our children to die because of climate change. Maybe as soon as 2050 we won't have food or shelter or water." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Alivia Roach, 14, of Fredericksburg, Va., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of his age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "It's important to get the word out about climate change," says Roach, "and how it's affecting the earth in not a good way." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Khamani Brown, 10, left, and her cousin Jisele Williams, 10, both of Washington, pose for a portrait with a chalkboard of their ages in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "We wanted to come because it's important that young people come out and support the change," says Brown, "to show we are up to the challenge and can do the same things that adults can." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Alix West, 17, of Reisterstown, Md., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "I don't want to die," says West, "I want to live in a clean world where I can have a kid that can survive." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Ahnika Hutchinson Salmeron, 5, of Washington, poses for a portrait with a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. "Kids need clean drinking water," says the five-year-old. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Isra Hirsi, 16, of Minneapolis, the daughter of Sen. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., poses for a portrait with a chalkboard stating her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington that was co-led by Hirsi. "It's important to advocate for those who can't control how climate change affects them," says Hirsi, "and there are lots of youth who are not aware of what's going on with our climate." From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Kayleena Duvall, 6, of Baltimore, Md., stands for a portrait before a chalkboard of her age in 2030, the point where the globe would be stuck on a path toward what scientists call planet-changing dangerous warming, Friday, March 15, 2019, during a climate change rally of students in Washington. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students are skipping classes to protest what they see as the failures of their governments to take tough action against global warming. The 'school strikes' on Friday were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and are taking place in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change.

From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by their governments.

Well more than 150,000 students and adults who were mobilized by word of mouth and social media protested in Europe, according to police estimates. But the initial turnout in the United States did not look quite as high.

"Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," eight-year-old Havana Chapman-Edwards, who calls herself the tiny diplomat, told hundreds of protesters at the U.S. Capitol. "Today we are telling the truth and we do not take no for an answer."

Thousands of New York City students protested at locations including Columbus Circle, City Hall, the American Museum of Natural History and a football field at the Bronx High School of Science. Police said 16 protesters were arrested on disorderly conduct charges for blocking traffic at the museum.

The coordinated "school strikes" were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.

Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, fueled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students' lifetime. Unless emissions of heat-trapping gases start dropping dramatically, scientists estimate that the protesters will be in their 40s and 50s, maybe even 30s, when the world will reach dangerous levels of warming that international agreements are trying to prevent.

Thunberg, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, said at a rally in Stockholm that the world faces an "existential crisis, the biggest crisis humanity ever has faced and still it has been ignored for decades."

Alexandria Villasenor, a 13-year-old co-coordinator of the New York City protest that culminated in a die-in at the steps of the American Museum of Natural History, said while she was pleased with the number of demonstrators, a big turnout isn't the point.

"It won't be successful until the world leaders take some action," Villasenor said.

Dana Fisher, a University of Maryland sociology professor who tracks protest movements and environmental activists, said action could possibly be triggered by "the fact that we're seeing children, some of whom are quite small, talking about the Earth they're going to inherit."

Across the globe, protesters urged politicians to act against climate change while highlighting local environmental problems:

— In India's capital of New Delhi, schoolchildren protested inaction on climate change and demanded that authorities tackle rising air pollution levels, which often far exceed World Health Organization limits.

— In Paris, teenagers thronged streets around the domed Pantheon building. Some criticized French President Emmanuel Macron, who sees himself as the guarantor of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord but is criticized by activists as too business-friendly and not doing enough to reduce emissions.

— In Washington, protesters spoke in front of a banner saying "We don't want to die."

— In San Francisco, 1,000 demonstrators descended on the local offices of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wanting passage of the massive "Green New Deal" bill proposed in the U.S. Congress.

— In St. Paul, Minnesota, about 1,000 students gathered before the state Capitol, chanting "Stop denying the earth is dying."

— In South Africa's capital, Pretoria, one protester held a sign reading "You'll Miss The Rains Down in Africa." Experts say Africa, with more than 1 billion people, is expected to be hardest hit by global warming even though it contributes least to greenhouse gas emissions.

— Hundreds of students took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles chanting "What do we want? Science! When do we want it? After peer review."

— Thousands marched in rainy Warsaw and other Polish cities to demand a ban on burning coal, a major source of carbon dioxide. Some carried banners that read "Make Love, Not CO2."

— Protests in Madrid and more than 50 other Spanish cities drew thousands. The country is vulnerable to rising sea levels and rapid desertification .

— In Berlin, police said as many as 20,000 protesters gathered in a downtown square before marching through the German capital to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office.

Some politicians praised the students.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was inspired by the student climate strikers to call a special summit in September to deal with what he called "the climate emergency."

"My generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change," Guterres wrote in an opinion piece in The Guardian. "This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry."

In 2015, world leaders agreed in Paris to a goal of keeping the Earth's global temperature rise by the end of the century well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times.  

Yet the world has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees) since then and is on track for an increase of 4 degrees Celsius, which experts say would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet.

In Stockholm, Thunberg predicted that students won't let up their climate protests.

"There are a crisis in front of us that we have to live with, that we will have to live with for all our lives, our children, our grandchildren and all future generations," she said. "We are on strike because we do want a future."

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Jordans reported from Berlin. Rishahb R. Jain in New Delhi; Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Poland; Nqobile Ntshangase in Pretoria, South Africa; Angela Charlton in Paris; Jari Tanner in Helsinki, Finland; Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark; Olga Rodriguez in San Francisco; Steve Karnowski in St. Paul, Minnesota; Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin; Brian Witte in Annapolis, Maryland; Amanda Myers in Los Angeles; Karen Matthews in New York and Bernat Armangue in Madrid contributed to this report.

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