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Adults swell ranks of students marching in record global climate protest

Updated : 2019-09-22 13:24:00

An estimated 40 lakh people take to the streets as first-time adult climate protesters join student-led strikes. Friday's marches, in cities from New York to London and Johannesburg to New Delhi, had been expected to be the largest climate change protests yet, spurred partly by adding adults to the past year's mainly youth-led mobilizations.

Global climate campaign group 350.org said late Friday afternoon that organizers estimated more than 4 million people had taken to the streets. About 3,000 companies closed their doors in support of the climate strikes, it said.

Sukhman Dhami, a human rights lawyer and first-time climate protester, holds a homemade protest sign in Manhattan's Foley Square in New York City. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Laurie Goering)
Sukhman Dhami, a human rights lawyer and first-time climate protester, holds a homemade protest sign in Manhattan's Foley Square in New York City. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Laurie Goering)
Protestors hold up their handmade signs at a climate rally at Frere Hall gardens, in Karachi, Pakistan. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zofeen Ebrahim)
Protestors hold up their handmade signs at a climate rally at Frere Hall gardens, in Karachi, Pakistan. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zofeen Ebrahim)
Climate activists take part in the Global Climate Strike in Mexico City, Mexico. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Oscar Lopez)
Climate activists take part in the Global Climate Strike in Mexico City, Mexico. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Oscar Lopez)
A protester takes a photo of a poster with a giant effigy in the backdrop at a climate strike in New Delhi. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji)
A protester takes a photo of a poster with a giant effigy in the backdrop at a climate strike in New Delhi. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji)
A woman holds a sign at a climate protest in New Delhi. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji)
A woman holds a sign at a climate protest in New Delhi. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Annie Banerji)
Climate demonstrator Eugene Bunin, 23, holds a sign reading “I can't take it anymore
Climate demonstrator Eugene Bunin, 23, holds a sign reading “I can't take it anymore" during a climate rally outside the city hall in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Umberto Bacchi)
Students standing outside Gauteng Legislature building with a giant sun and signs reading 'Save the Trees' during a climate change protest. Johannesburg, South Africa. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Kim Harrisberg)
Students standing outside Gauteng Legislature building with a giant sun and signs reading 'Save the Trees' during a climate change protest. Johannesburg, South Africa. (Thomson Reuters Foundation/Kim Harrisberg)
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