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On Friday afternoon, thousands of students all over the world marched out of their classrooms and took to the streets to demand that our leaders take action to avoid climate catastrophe.

In Victoria, hundreds of high school, college, and university students headed to the B.C. Legislature with posters in hand, chanting slogans like ‘Climate change is not a lie, please don’t let our planet die’, in solidarity with their counterparts in nearly 100 other countries.

The event featured youth and international speakers who called on local governments to pass laws to limit global warming, invest in more renewable energy sources, and stop investing in fossil fuels.

Activists also called for governments to respect Indigenous law and sovereignty, stop logging old-growth forests, and to say no to the Trans-mountain Pipeline.

The ‘Global Student Strike 4 Climate‘ movement was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg who started staging the first climate change-related walkouts in front of Sweden’s parliament every Friday.

Her weekly protests were quickly joined by students around her, culminating in a powerful youth movement in cities around the world including Victoria.

Without further ado, here are 33 photos and videos from today’s youth climate change inaction strike in Victoria:

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It was a brilliant turnout for Victoria, BC youth-led Strike For Climate today on Parliament. Thousands walked out of class earlier in the day to join the climate change protests. With 16 year-old Swedish Nobel Peace Prize-nominated @gretathunberg as their role model, students are co-ordinating efforts with young people from around the world in an international strike to openly acknowledge what’s taking place around the globe and to protest the way world leaders are responding to climate change. This was not just a one-off protest. Things are really only getting started as students will strike to show their solidarity in support of a new, greener planet and a sustainable future the first Friday of every month. Isn’t it about time we started examining everything we do – our businesses included – in the context of our planet’s current climate emergency? @lisahelps #StrikeForClimate #YouthCimateStrike #ClimateEmergency #climateaction #yyj

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