Malta’s students stage climate charge march

Hundreds of Maltese students have taken to the streets to demand action on climate change.

They staged a protest in Valletta against what they see as the destruction of their future.

The rally outside Malta’s Parliament was part of a global movement to fight against climate change.

Tens of thousands of young people around the world have ditched lessons to demand action against climate change in recent months.

Some of the biggest have been in Belgium where students have been taking to the streets every Thursday for several weeks.

Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, environmentally conscious students in Malta, Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark have joined the campaign, calling for governments to take action on global warming.

When was the Malta protest?

The march was held from the University of Malta to the Parliament building at City Gate in Valletta on Friday.

Carla Galea from the University of Malta Student Council, KSU, told 89.7 Bay: ‘We are urging everyone to take part in the worldwide students4climate strike’.

‘All students are encouraged to join the march and bring along placards expressing the environmental changes they want to see in Malta.’

Pupils at some schools in Malta were also reported to be preparing to take part in the demonstration.

How worrying is global warming?

The United Nations in February announced that 20 of the past 22 years had been the hottest on record.

Drawing from US, British, Japanese and European data, it said 2018 had been the fourth highest on record and cited a litany of extreme weather events across the globe such as wildfires, droughts and floods.

‘The long-term temperature trends are far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one,’ the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas said.

Australia endured its hottest summer on record during 2018 when more than 200 extreme weather records were broken across the country.

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