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Tens of thousands of students in the United Kingdom skipped school Friday to protest climate inaction. The mass demonstration took place in an estimated 60 cities and towns across the country, and is the latest in a youth-led climate movement that has swept across Europe in recent months.
“We have 12 years before this becomes an international disaster,” Maia Willis-Reddick, a 17-year-old student at Methodist College in Belfast, told The Guardian, referring to findings from a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. “Before those 12 years [are up], we need drastic action to take place in order to reduce carbon emissions for the entirety of the UK, the entirety of the world.”