Hundreds expected at climate strike in Milan

Friday 15 March school strikes spread across the globe.

Milan will again be the setting for a Friday school strike on 15 March to protest ecological mismanagement of the earth’s failing resources.

Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate-change warrior Greta Thunberg, high school and middle school students in over 40 countries are joining in the movement to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is, and protesters in Milan have been on the Friday streets for weeks now.

Celebrating the Ides of March this year, protesters from the Milan chapter of the Fridays for Future group will again turn out with their #Strike4Climate banners in Piazza della Scala, outside city hall, from 09.30 until lunch-time. They are inviting students, teachers and families to join in because, three years since the Paris Climate Agreement, the promises made there have still not been put into practice.

“On 15 March we’re going to appeal for a more ambitious global, European and national climate policy,” says a statement from the organisers. “Scientists are underlining that global warming mist not go over 1.5°C to avoid major disasters.  There’s little time left.”

The group has already mounted 142 protests in Italy, many of them in Milan, and has another 133 planned, including 123 on 15 March.

Greta Thunberg’s one-girl school strike has snowballed into a global movement, especially since she addressed world political leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum in January.  While the movers and shakers arrived in private jets and stayed in luxury hotels, she travelled there 32 hours by train to save CO2 emissions and slept in a tent, lambasting the delegates.

"Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular, have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money,” she told them. “And I think many of you here today belong to that group of people."

And she added: “I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic… and act.”