- Title: Rome joins global student-led strike on climate change
- Date: 27th September 2019
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) STUDENTS MARCHING AND CHANTING (Italian) "ROME IS ENVIRONMENTALIST" STUDENTS CHANTING (Italian) "ALL TOGETHER WE SCARE" VARIOUS OF STUDENTS MARCHING YOUNG MAN HOLDING LOUD SPEAKER AND SHOUTING (Italian) "IF THEY BLOCK OUR FUTURE, WE WILL BLOCK THE CITY" STUDENTS SINGING ANTI-FASCIST SONG 'BELLA CIAO' / BANNER READING (English) "RESPECT YOU MOTHER" STUDENTS MARCHING AND HOLDING BANNERS STUDENTS HOLDING BANNER SHOWING SWEDISH GRETA THUNBERG YELLING AT U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) STUDENT AND PROTESTER, EDWARD MOSTARDA, SAYING: "In 80 years the glaciers could all melt so we have to hope that the presidents will all join together and manage to solve these environmental problems." JOURNALIST ASKING: "Are you confident?" MOSTARDA REPLYING: "No, not at all." STUDENTS TALKING BANNER READING (English) "OUR HOUSE IS MELTING" (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) STUDENT AND PROTESTER, SILVIA VISCA, SAYING: "It is impossible to think of excuses and stalling when it comes to the existence of living beings on this earth. We talk about extinction and therefore there is no more time to make statements and to listen to empty words, we want concrete actions." PEOPLE HOLDING LARGE YELLOW BANNER READING (Italian) "LET'S STOP THE PLANET'S FEVER" WITH COLOSSEUM IN THE BACKGROUND MAN HOLDING BANNER READING (English) "CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE" PEOPLE MARCHING AND HOLDING LARGE YELLOW BANNER STUDENT HOLDING BANNER SHOWING PORTRAITS OF U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, LEAGUE LEADER MATTEO SALVINI, LEADER OF FRENCH FAR-RIGHT PARTY NATIONAL RALLY, MARINE LE PEN AND BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO READING (Italian) "IF THEY DENY CLIMATE CHANGE, YOU DENY YOUR VOTE" MAN WEARING MASK VARIOUS OF PEOPLE HOLDING LARGE GREEN BANNER LARGE BALLOON SHAPED LIKE PLANET EARTH FLOATING WITH COLOSSEUM IN THE BACKGROUND STUDENTS MARCHING BARE-CHESTED YOUNG MAN / SLOGAN READING (Italian) "IT'S TOO HOT!" WITH COLOSSEUM IN THE BACKGROUND
- Embargoed: 11th October 2019 14:49
- Keywords: Italy rally Fridays for Future students Swedish activist Greta Thunberg Rome environment climate change strike
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYFNHON
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of central Rome on Friday (September 27) as part of a global protest demanding world leaders to take urgent action against climate change.
Rome students skipped school along with other countries including the Netherlands, Canada, Spain and Portugal in a world-wide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
Holding banners promoting awareness of several ecological issues including "Our house is melting" or "If they deny climate change, then you deny your vote", the young protesters marched in front of Rome's Colosseum asking concrete actions against climate change.
"In 80 years the glaciers could all melt so we have to hope that the presidents will all join together and manage to solve these environmental problems", student Edward Mostarda said just before adding he did not trust world leaders.
"We talk about extinction and therefore there is no more time to make statements and to listen to empty words, we want concrete actions", student Silvia Visca told Reuters.
Italy's Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti encouraged students to skip school and take part in climate protests, as people in several countries took to the streets following a world-wide protest by millions last week to demand action against global warming.
"I have asked schools to consider as justified the absence of students who take part in the global mobilization against climate change", he wrote on Facebook on Monday (September 23).
The latest round of protests, which builds on last week's marches by millions of children around the world, is planned to roll through Asia and Europe before culminating in a rally in Montreal, Canada, where Thunberg is scheduled to speak.
Thunberg, who is credited with inspiring the school strikes, lambasted world leaders for a lack of climate change policies at the United Nations Climate Action summit in New York this week.
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