Hundreds of youths, led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, marched in Milan on Friday to demand quick climate action, a month before the crucial COP26 environmental summit in Glasgow.
The Friday for Future march, which brought together large crowds of young people in cities around the world, was disrupted two years after the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have to address the bigger issue of the climate crisis, which is the white hazmat suit and the green face paint,” 15-year-old Maria told AFP.
“We are very happy to be back on the street,” said the Italian teenager, walking under a giant wave of green cloth.
Some high-profile guests led the parade, including Thunberg and Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate.
The two were in Milan as part of the UN’s official gathering for the youth edition of the COP26 climate summit, which invited 400 young people.
“The world is waking up and change is coming whether you like it or not,” read a sign in the crowd.
Other messages include the ever-popular “There’s No Planet B” or pictures of a sick Earth with a thermometer in its cartoon mouth: “Save me”.
Few signs expressed thanks to Thunberg or his infamous “How dare you?” quoted to. Speech at the United Nations General Assembly that went viral two years ago.
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