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THERE IS NO PLANET B International climate strike . den haag, The NEtherlands . September 27, 2019

On Friday, September 27, 2019, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people gathered in Den Haag, The Netherlands, for the first general climate strike. Building on the youth climate strikes that have been going on around the world for the past year, people of all ages gathered at Koekamp in Den Haag to demand change in Dutch and international climate policy as well as change in people's personal habits.

People gather in Den Haag Central Station before the strike to meet up with their groups and make their posters before heading to Koekamp, the meeting point for Friday's strike.
People in Den Haag look out the windows at the masses of people walking down the streets.

Den Haag was just one location to see crowds of activists filling the street. Friday's strike was part of the largest international climate mobilization in history. Between September 20 and 27 estimates of 7.6 million people in 185 different countries took to the streets to strike for climate action.

Swedish born climate activist Greta Thunberg's one-person strikes in Stockholm helped ignite this global movement. Beginning August 2018, Thunberg, then 15, sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks to protest the lack of action in dealing with the climate crisis. On September 18, 2018, the movement #FridaysForFuture began when she decided to continue striking every Friday until Swedish policies changed. Youth and adults around the world were inspired to begin striking at their local government buildings.

Many posters at Den Haag's strike praised Greta with messages including "Greta for President," "Greta = Good," and "Make Earth Greta Again."

Students, and even children, have stepped up and taken the reigns when it comes to addressing and protesting climate inaction. One sign read, "When leaders become children, children must become leaders."

"We’ve known about climate change for so long, I mean 40 years at least we’ve known quite a lot, but nothing has changed. So unless we take matters into our hands and show up to demand the government do something about it, nothings going to happen," twenty-year-old Leiden University student Alejandra Duenas said at Friday's march.

"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not." - Greta Thunberg in her address to the UN Climate Council
Children join in Den Haag's Climate Strike on September 27, 2019.

Friday's general climate strikes coincided with the United Nations General Assembly and the message to world leaders was clear, the younger generations are watching. And they won't rest until some things change.

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