- Title: Hundreds of South Korean students strike for climate change action
- Date: 27th September 2019
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREAN TEENAGE ACTIVISTS HOLDING SIGNS FOR CLIMATE ACTION AND SCHOOL CHAIRS AND DESKS ON GROUND SIGN READING (Korean and English): "9.27 (September 27) SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE" TEENAGE ACTIVISTS HOLDING SIGNS FOR CLIMATE ACTION IN FRONT OF GLOBE READING (English): "SCHOOL STRIKE 4(FOR) CLIMATE" TEENAGE ACTIVISTS CHANTING "(GREENHOUSE GAS) EMISSION ZERO" SIGN SHOWING ILLUSTRATION OF SWEDISH TEENAGE CLIMATE ACTIVIST, GRETA THUNBERG (FAR LEFT) WITH WORDS "HOW DARE YOU!", SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT, MOON JAE-IN (RIGHT TOP) AND U.S. PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP (RIGHT BOTTOM) ACTIVIST HOLDING BANNER READING (Korean and English): "GOV'T GRADE IN CLIMATE ACTION - F" BANNER READING (English): "MAKE (EARTH) COOL AGAIN" BOY HOLDING DRAWING OF EARTH (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 15-YEAR-OLD TEENAGE PROTEST LEADER, KIM DO-HYEON, SAYING: "I believe government action will change only if the voices of young people are heard because we're the ones who are going to be the greatest victims of a climate crisis. So, we held a protest here today. We skipped school and gathered here in the hope that our society and government would listen to our voices." VARIOUS OF TEENAGE ACTIVISTS THROWING BALL TOWARD BASKET BASKETS BEING OPENED AND BANNERS FALLING BANNER READING (English): "STOP COAL / 2050 NET ZERO" VARIOUS OF TEENAGE ACTIVISTS MARCHING AND CHANTING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 19-YEAR-OLD SOUTH KOREAN TEENAGE ACTIVIST, KIM RAK-YOUNG, SAYING: "On September 23rd, the world's leaders gathered at the United Nations to talk about climate change and it was quite meaningful. But I felt that was not enough than we expected, and we still have a long way to go. That's why I joined the climate change protest in September, following last May. Many people are watching the protest, so I wish a lot of people could know about climate change." ACTIVISTS MARCHING ACTIVIST MARCHING AND HOLDING SIGN READING (English): "THE EARTH IS BURNING" ACTIVIST HOLDING SIGH READING (English): "CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!"
- Embargoed: 11th October 2019 07:41
- Keywords: South Korea climate change students strike rally
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYFLFEV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of South Korean students skipped school on Friday (September 27) and urged more government action to address climate change.
About 500 students gathered in central Seoul and marched towards the presidential Blue House after a downtown rally, where they said the government gets an "F" in climate action.
"I believe government action will change only if the voices of young people are heard because we're the ones who are going to be the greatest victims of a climate crisis," 15-year-old Kim Do-hyeon, who was one of the organizers, said.
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is credited with inspiring the school strikes, this week lambasted world leaders for a lack of climate change policies at the United Nations Climate Action summit in New York this week.
(Production: Daewoung Kim, Minwoo Park)
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