Malta to join global climate strike march on Friday

Hundreds of people are expected to take to the streets of Valletta on Friday to demand action to tackle climate change.

As part of a worldwide movement inspired by the Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, people are being encouraged to protest against global warming.

The Malta climate strike will start at around 5.30pm on Friday 20 September 20 at the Triton Fountain in Floriana.

From there, the march will set off at around 6pm and make its way through City Gate towards the Maltese Parliament in Valletta, where a rally will be held.

Here’s all you need to know about the global climate strike:

When is the climate strike?

The first strike will take place on Friday 20 September and is designed to coincide with a UN emergency climate action summit in New York.

A number of different Maltese organisations have signed up, including Friends of the Earth Malta, the Bicycle Advocacy GroupNature Trust – FEE Malta, KSU – Kunsill Studenti Universitarji, MSPCA – formerly SPCA Malta, The Astronomical Society of Malta, the Kamra tal-Periti, FAA Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar and many more.


Where are strikes taking place?

All over the world, including America, Australia, Chile, Kenya and Germany.

Strikes will also take place across the UK, with major protests in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

How many will take part?

Organisers of the Valletta event expect hundreds to be there.

People of all ages and backgrounds have been encouraged to attend.


What is the climate strike?

School student Greta Thunberg inspired a global movement when she sat in front of the Swedish parliament building to demand action on climate change, inspiring the Fridays for Future movement.

Fridays for Furture evolved into the Youth Strike for Cimate movement, which says its students are ‘driven by an alarming lack of Government leadership on climate action over previous decades.’

The coalition is calling on Malta’s government to declare ‘a state of climate emergency’ and educate the Maltese public in the seriousness of global warming.

They are also demanding changes to the school curriculum which will include education about climate change.

Why protest?

Global Climate Strike says humanity needs ‘to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels’, but that ‘it’s going to take all of us working together to succeed’.

It says protests will demonstrate that people ‘are no longer willing to continue with business as usual’, with the ‘urgency of the climate crisis’ requiring a ‘new approach and a just response’.

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