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The Global Climate Strike kicked off on Friday in what may be the largest mass climate demonstration in history. Millions of young people and adults marched in cities around the world to pressure world leaders to tackle the global ecological crisis with bold and urgent action.

Australia alone had an estimated 400,000 people attend the strike and hundreds of thousands united across India, Germany, Austria, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, the U.K., and other nations.

“We’re here to reclaim our right to live, our right to breathe, our right to exist,” said youth climate activist Aman Sharma, in Dehli.

Demonstrations took place in over 130 nations on Friday, with over 800 strikes planned in the United States. “I think it’s pretty clear this will be the biggest day of climate action in planetary history,” said 350.org founder Bill McKibben on Friday as images and videos began to pour in on social media.

The strikes, led by youth climate activists, have drawn enthusiastic support from diverse segments of society, including teachersscientiststech workerslabor unions, and lawmakers.

Vic Barrett, a 20-year-old plaintiff in the Juliana v. United States climate lawsuit against the US government, explained his reason for being part of the Global Climate strike in an op-ed for The Guardian Friday, as “this decade is our last chance to stop the destruction of our people and our planet.”

“We have no choice but to act when the alternative is to sit and watch our world burn,” wrote Barrett. “We have no choice but to act when the alternative is extinction.”

#ClimateStrike photos and videos of the events were flooding social media platforms with live coverage from the participating cities and countries.

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