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20/09/2019 15:39 BST | Updated 20/09/2019 17:23 BST

21 Climate Strike Pictures That Show How Massive Protests Really Are

From London to Sydney and almost everywhere in between.

As you’re no doubt aware by now, hundreds of thousands – possibly even millions – of people around the world joined demonstrations on Friday calling for action to tackle climate change.

The movement, inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg and led by children and young people, is truly global.

Here are 21 pictures and videos that show just how massive Friday’s protests have been...

London, UK

 

Berlin, Germany

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People take part in the Global Climate Strike of the movement Fridays for Future, in Berlin, Germany, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

And here’s what that looks like a little closer up...

Wakiso, Uganda

Sydney, Australia 

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Rebecca Manuguerra, 10, holds up a sign she made for Friday's climate strike in Sydney.
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A girl wearing a gas mask marches along College Street during a climate strike rally on September 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia

Stockholm, Sweden 

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Young activists attend the Fridays for Future global climate strike in Stockholm, Sweden, September 20, 2019. 

Nairobi, Kenya

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Environmental activists march carrying signs take part in the Climate strike protest calling for action on climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Warsaw, Poland

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Young activists stage a performance during an environmental demonstration, part of the Global Climate Strike, in Warsaw, Poland September 20, 2019.

Islamabad, Pakistan

Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Climate Strike
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Tokyo Climate Strike

Bangkok, Thailand

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Thai people take part in a "die-in", where strikers lie on the ground and pretend to die, symbolising the impact of climate change in front of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on September 20, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Istanbul, Turkey

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On 20th September 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey, several environmentalist communities and ecology organizations in Turkey united under the name of ''Zero Future Campaign'' and took part in the global climate strike at the same time with the entire world.

Brussels, Belgium

Athens, Greece

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Greek students and activists of environmental organisations take part in a Global Climate Strike rally of the movement Fridays for Future in Athens, Greece, September 20, 2019. 

Washington DC, United States

Hamburg, Germany

And finally, good old Brighton and Glasgow, UK

Events kicked off in Australia, where protesters marched in 110 towns and cities, including Sydney and the national capital Canberra, PA Media reports.

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.

Organisers estimate that more than 300,000 protesters took to Australian streets in what would be the country’s biggest demonstration since the Iraq War in 2003.

The protests are partly inspired by the activism of Thunberg, the Swedish teenager 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.

She is expected to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday.