Tokyo; In central Tokyo on Friday, students gathering for action to address climate change took to the streets before the Diet building on Friday, Joining what has now become a global youth movement.
Around 20 youths, including high school and university students, wanted to raise the alarm about climate change and have their voices heard, holding up handmade placards that read “Live with the Earth” and “Act Now!”
Organisers took a suggestion from a broader movement called”#FridaysForFuture” that start in 2018.When 15 year old Greta Thunberg spent school hours sitting in front of Sweden’s parliament to appeal political action for climate change.
Held in an area where government offices are fixed. The event was the first of its kind in Japan, according to people who decided to organize it earlier this month.
According to Aina Koide; “Young people can change society as a whole if our perceptions change. A 20-year-old university student who has led the initiative.
“My hope is that more young people will share that view and come, “she said, adding the priority is to raise awareness about environment issues.
Among the participants in the event was a female university student who pressed to the roughly hour-long rally in a suit. She has been tiring for her job hunting and students who had their eyes opened to the seriousness of climate change while they were away from Japan.
Isao Sakai, an 18-year-old high school student, recalls that the environmental science class he took during his stay in the United States was an “eye-opening experience.”
According to Sakai, “I didn’t care about climate change until then. But knowledge makes a difference”. “First off, more young people need to become aware of what’s happening”.