Pakistanis join global march for action on climate
September 21 2019 12:03 AM
Students hold placards
Students hold placards as they march in Peshawar to protest governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, as part of demonstrations being held worldwide in a movement dubbed ‘Fridays for Future’.


A citizen-led initiative of a climate march, organised by Climate Action Now, was held yesterday across Pakistan, marking climate strikes in other countries to help stop global warming.
More than 26 cities and towns took part in the march all over the country, including Mardan, Mithi, Thatta, Kasur, Kotli, Chagai, Killa Abdullah, Peshawar, Chitral, and Gilgit.
Meherbano Raja, a climate activist and part of the organising committee, said everyone began gathering at the Lahore Press Club at 3pm, and started the march at 4pm.
At the same time, marchers set off at Karachi’s Frere Hall.
“It is youth-led because they are the most affected generation and so they will be leading from the front,” she said. “There are school students too.”
Celebrities as well as leaders, including Senator Sherry Rehman, had called on people to participate in the climate march.
Thousands of events were planned worldwide for what is expected to be one of the largest collective calls to action in a movement fuelled by social media under the hashtag #climatestrike.
Dubbed the “Fridays for Future” movement, the campaign wants schoolchildren around the world to take a more active role in persuading adults to take the issue of climate change more seriously.
They are demanding that politicians and businesses take drastic action needed to stop global warming, which scientists warn will lead to environmental catastrophe under current trends.

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