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Hundreds in Wales protest against climate change in day of global action

Hundreds of people have gathered across Wales to join millions around the world calling for action on climate change.

Hundreds of protesters at Cardiff Castle calling for climate change. Credit: ITV Wales

Children and young people walked out of schools and lectures, with hundreds of thousands of workers expected to join them.

The protests are part of a snowballing movement sparked by teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s school strikes outside the Swedish parliament.

It comes ahead of a climate action summit in New York convened by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres to urge countries to up their climate efforts.

Protesters gathered with placards as part of a global campaign. Credit: ITV Wales

The demonstrations in Cardiff are one of 11 protests across Wales.

Students from St Joseph's School in Port Talbot tweeted a video saying they are on their way to the climate strike in Swansea.

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Protesters in Bangor wanting action on climate change. Credit: Grant Peisley
School children across Wales have missed school to join in the protests. Credit: Grant Peisley

The protest in Wales comes following demonstrations at the Valero oil refinery in Pembrokeshire, where Extinction Rebellion activists blocked the entrance to the site.

They told ITV News the government and big business "are not moving away from fossil fuels fast enough."

The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) says more than 200 events are taking place across the UK, with – for the first time – adults being encouraged to join the youngsters as they strike.

UKSCN is calling on politicians to bring in a “Green New Deal” to cut the UK’s emissions to zero and improve lives, changes to education to equip youngsters to deal with the climate crisis and votes at 16 to give them a voice.

Alex Edwards, Welsh Youth Strike For Climate said it is the "youngest generations who will have to suffer the greatest impacts of climate change".

It is the youngest generations who will have to suffer the greatest impacts of climate change.

This is why we are taking action to fight for our futures and for our Planet!

However, although the threats of climate change will grow with time, we understand that many people are being adversely affected by its effects today, and that many people have genuine worries about how a transition to a more sustainable society will impact their livelihoods.

That is why we are calling for all sectors of society to act with us in solidarity in order to ensure that any solution to the Climate Crisis is equitable for all

– Alex Edwards, Welsh Youth Strike For Climate
People of all ages gathered in Cardiff city centre on Friday

Worldwide, there are more than 4,600 events in 139 countries taking place as part of the Fridays for Future movement.

Greta Thunberg shot to prominence when she started to boycott school on Fridays outside the Swedish parliament. Credit: PA