The most creative signs from New York's Global Climate Strike have one message in common: Time's running out
- Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Foley Square in Manhattan's Financial District on Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike, a worldwide series of protests against climate change.
- 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, the catalyst for the movement, attended the New York march.
- The most creative signs repurposed memes, made puns, and melted the Earth, but they all shared the same sense of urgency for the planet.
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Millions of people are marching against climate change, and New York is no exception. In fact, it's the main event.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Foley Square in Manhattan's Financial District on Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike, a mass movement protesting inaction against climate change. It's just one of hundreds of similar strikes in 156 countries around the world. And like those strikes, marchers have made their own signs to get their message out. That includes handmade signs: cardboard, magic markers, spray paint, and in one case, a plastic water carton.The catalyst for the strike is 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist who gained worldwide fame after skipping school to protest in front of the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm. Thunberg attended the New York where she was slated to be a key speaker.
While demonstrators of all ages marched down Broadway, the overwhelming majority were students. Most of them weren't skipping class, either - New York City's Education Department gave students permission to attend the strike. Teachers in New York, however, are barred from participating to avoid involving politics in the classroom.
Here are some of the demonstrators' most creative signs.