Hundreds of Teens in Tel Aviv Join Global Protest Calling for Leaders to Act on Climate Crisis

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit, protesters urge governments to find solutions to combat global warming

A group of artists wearing  red in protest of international indifference to the extinction of endangered animals, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 20, 2019.
Meitar Schwartzman

Hundreds of teenagers protested on Friday in Tel Aviv against governments that fail to provide an efficient solution to the climate change crisis.  

The protest is part of the Strike For the Future initiative led by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg. The blindfolded youth attempted to reflect the blindness of the decision makers to scientists' warnings on the issue.

A group of artists from the "Extinction Rebellion" movement, dressed in red, joined the demonstration to protest against the indifference to the extinction of endangered animals.

Artists protesting against endangered animal extinction, climate change crisis, Tel Aviv, September 20, 2019.
Meitar Schwartzman

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The teenagers said they are inspired by Thunberg, who has staged weekly demonstrations under the heading "Fridays for Future" over the past year, calling on world leaders to step up their efforts against climate change. Thunberg is expected to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday.

Kahol Lavan lawmaker Miki Haimovich arrived at Tel Aviv's Rabin square to express her solidarity with the protesters and their cause. "I'm here because it's important for me to listen to the young generation and help them raise awareness for this important issue," the lawmaker told Haaretz.

Ahead of the September 17 election, several center-left politicians, including Haimovich, led environmental campaigns, which so far haven't been one of the main topics on Israel's political agenda.

Rallies opening the "Global Climate Strike" took place on Friday in 110 towns and cities across Australia, including Sydney and the national capital, Canberra.

Demonstrators called for their country, the world's largest exporter of coal and liquid natural gas, to take more drastic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.