Students around the world skip school to demand action on climate change

The student "strikes" and other events were scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries, spanning from Australia to France to the United States.
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Number laying her Rome. Outside the United Nations in New York thousands of students skipping school in more than a hundred countries and nearly every state in the US protesting in action on climate change. Thirteen year old Alexandria reducing your has missed school every Friday since mid December to strike the U wet. Speaking to the deadly wildfires in California as evidence of a crisis. I hope that we influence world leaders and politicians you and acts but in laws and policies in place that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by. 50% by Tony there'd. Obviously you are and other like minded young activists were inspired by Swedish teen Greta under. The sixteen year old is credited for watching this improvement last September me Sony is telling the crowd we are standing before an existential crisis. Climate change also becoming a hot button issue ahead of 20/20. Democratic candidates pledging change. We can unleash the ingenuity and creativity. Of millions of Americans who want to ensure that we squarely confront the challenge of climate change. Before it's too late. President trump often expressing doubts in the science at one point tweeting we need global warming to deal with the record cold temperatures this year. Protest organizers say we can expect to see more of these worldwide demonstrations. And asked that Swedish teenager who inspired the school walk out we'll she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this week. Natalie Bernal ABC news Los Angeles.

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