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Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate change protest – live updates

On Friday 20 September millions of people from Sydney to Delhi and Melbourne to London and New York will march for urgent action on climate change. Follow for the latest school strike 4 climate news

Tens if not hundreds of thousands packed out Sydney’s Domain park in the CBD.

Moemoana, 18, has come from Wollongong to the protest, and her homeland is Samoa. She’s here with members of the Matavai Pacific cultural centre.

18-year-old Moemoana, (centre) has come from Wollongong to the protest, and her homeland is Samoa.
“It’s a real threat and Australia needs to know that Pacifika are neighbours and Australia really needs to help out."#climatestrike

With the Australian strikes not even half over in many places, here’s what has happened so far:

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Labour plans 'NHS forest' of a million trees at hospitals

Shadow minister to tell conference he will make health service the world’s greenest

An “NHS forest” of a million trees would be planted at hospitals across the UK under a Labour government as part of the party’s plans for a green revolution.

Under proposals due to be outlined at the party’s autumn conference, Labour will say it wants to plant the trees at hospitals to battle pollution and counteract the NHS’s carbon footprint.

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Greta Thunberg: ‘We are ignoring natural climate solutions’

Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate

The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have warned in a new short film.

Natural climate solutions could remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as plants grow. But these methods receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions, say the climate activists.

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Climate crisis leaving 2 million people a week needing aid – Red Cross

Charity warns of cost of doing nothing, saying contributions would need to hit $20bn a year

Two million people a week need humanitarian aid today because of the climate emergency, the Red Cross has warned, as extreme weather takes an “intolerable” toll in human suffering.

The number of people in need of interventions will double in the next three decades – from 108 million a year today to 200 million – if governments fail to act, stretching international humanitarian relief efforts to breaking point and beyond, the global charity said.

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'The crisis is already here': young strikers facing climate apartheid

Young activists call for north-south solidarity to tackle climate emergency that threatens to exacerbate inequality and conflict

Carbon footprints do not get much smaller than those of young Nigerians like Oladosu Adenike. Living in a country with the world’s most extreme poverty, she has had neither the years nor the money to rack up anything more than a fraction of the gargantuan climate debt of the average elderly European or American.

Yet, in the decades ahead, it is post-millennials in the global south like her who are almost certain to suffer greater hardships, as extreme weather and what has been termed “climate apartheid” amplify existing problems of inequality, food shortages, crimes and conflict.

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