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Environmental activists hold-up banners as they protest against climate change in Nairobi on September 20, 2019. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Youth Across Africa Turn Out to Protest Climate Change

Thousands of students across Africa took to the streets to demand action on climate change

Today, students across the African continent acted in solidarity with peers around the globe by leaving classrooms in a form of protest for Global Climate Change Day. Protests and marches were seen numbering in the thousands in capital cities of South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda while hundreds were also seen in rural areas and towns all across Africa.


According to The Washington Post, young people from over 150 countries have taken to the streets to voice their concern and prompt world leaders to take stronger stances on climate change policies. The protests come just before world leaders are scheduled to meet at the United Nations for a climate-summit on Monday.

Here are a few of the #ClimateStrike protests from around the continent.

Kenya:


Senegal:


Nigeria:


South Africa:



Burundi:

Uganda:


Ghana:


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We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

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Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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