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Hong Kong pro-democracy protests turn violent again

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Police fire teargas at protesters after they deface a Chinese flag, set fires and vandalise a station

Protesters in Hong Kong trampled a Chinese flag, vandalised a subway station and set a fire across a wide street on Sunday as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again.

The day’s action began peacefully as protesters filled a shopping mall in the Sha Tin district and made a large display of folded paper origami cranes.

Related: Riot police fire teargas at Hong Kong protesters as unrest escalates

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Tiny changes might seem insignificant. But they are how we save the planet | Peter Beaumont

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Greta Thunberg and her Extinction Rebellion peers remind us that activism is not just about lobbying for change, but doing it ourselves

There is a celebrated line in Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, his bestselling study of ecocide and sudden social implosion. Referring to the “self-inflicted environmental damage” on Easter Island by deforestation, Diamond asked: “What did the Easter islander who cut down the last palm tree say while he was doing it?”

While there has been much academic controversy about the accuracy of his shorthand for what happened on Easter Island, what remains, however, is a powerful and affecting metaphor, one ever more resonant in the midst of the escalating global climate emergency.

In the heat of political debate, we forget sometimes the importance of individual acts

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'Never surrender': Hong Kong's protest graffiti – in pictures

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It has been more than 100 days since anti-government protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong, calling for the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word ‘riot’ to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. Even though the Hong Kong government formally withdrew the controversial bill this month, many protesters have vowed to continue the fight until all their demands are met. Expressing their opinions on the streets, many young protesters have left their imprints on the roads, walls and buildings by spray-painting slogans and symbols that resonate with their discontent against the government

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Extinction Rebellion: 10 arrested at Dover protest

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Video showed handful of protesters sitting and lying down in front of long line of cars on A20

Ten people have been arrested during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in Dover aimed at “blockading” the port.

Activists were reported to have glued themselves to streets and were told they could face arrest if they left a designated area.

Well then, definitely in the right place as I have just been issued a Section 14 breach of public order warning by police. Just for walking with my camera. If I leave the designated area, I can be arrested. #ExtinctionRebellion #Dover #Blockade

Related: When our planet is under attack we have to stand up and fight back | Luke Buckmaster

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Hong Kong riot police fire teargas at protesters as unrest continues

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Police action comes as pro-China supporters rip anti-government protest messages from ‘Lennon Walls’ across city

Hong Kong riot police have fired teargas and charged towards protesters at an out-of-town district in Hong Kong as groups of pro-China supporters ripped anti-government protest messages from “Lennon Walls” across the city, raising the curtain for another weekend of unrest in the three-month political crisis.

The police-sanctioned demonstration attended by thousands in Tuen Mun on Saturday afternoon was mostly peaceful but erupted into violent conflicts between protesters and riot police officers armed with teargas, pepper spray and long shields.

Police fired teargas at protesters and dismantled makeshift barricades set up by protesters with plastic and metal roadside barriers while protesters threw petrol bombs in retaliation.

Police said in Twitter posts that “radical protesters threw petrol bombs” and possessed “offensive weapons including metal rods, slingshots and laser guns” during the confrontations.

Related: Hong Kong protests: tech war opens up with doxxing of protesters and police

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This isn't extinction, it's extermination: the people killing nature know what they're doing | Jeff Sparrow

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The climate strike must be a beginning and not an end. Warming won’t be stopped by symbolism

During the carnage of the first world war, the poet Wilfred Owen revisited the biblical story in which God tests Abraham by commanding the sacrifice of Isaac, his son. In Genesis, Abraham dutifully prepares the lad for slaughter before God relents and tells him to offer a ram instead.

Owen’s bitter poem rewrites the ending:

But the old man would not so, but slew his son,

And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

Related: Global climate strikes: Don’t say you’re sorry. We need people who can take action to TAKE ACTUAL ACTION | First Dog on the Moon

Related: Greta Thunberg: ‘We are ignoring natural climate solutions’

Jeff Sparrow is a Guardian Australia columnist

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How the climate strike travelled around the world - video

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From Sydney to New Delhi, Nairobi to New York, millions of people around the world walked out of school and work on Friday to join the latest protests against the climate crisis. The global day of action, calling for a reduction in emissions, was held in the run-up to a UN summit in New York

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'Enough is enough’: biggest-ever climate protest sweeps UK

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From babies to bagpipers, hundreds of thousands filled the streets in more than 200 rallies

From the small sun-drenched Inner Hebridean island of Iona to the packed streets of central London, parents and grandparents, children and trade unionists have stepped out of their Friday routines to tell their political leaders time is running out to tackle the climate crisis.

Related: Greta Thunberg: face of the Global Climate Strike - in pictures

Related: I’m a young climate striker – and here’s why Labour must adopt a Green New Deal | Noga Levy-Rapoport

Related: The climate crisis explained in 10 charts

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‘Do you really need a 10-year-old to show you how?’ Parker’s poem on the climate crisis – video

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Climate striker Parker recited a poem with a powerful message on climate change at the global climate strike in Brisbane, Australia, on Friday. Ten-year-old Parker said he joined the strike ‘to tell the government that climate change is real and they need to act’. An estimated 300,000 people gathered at more than 100 rallies across Australia on Friday, calling for action to guard against climate change

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Hundreds of thousands attend school climate strike rallies across Australia

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Organisers of the school strike for climate estimate 300,000 people turned out in more than 100 cities and towns

Hundreds of thousands of Australians took to the streets on Friday as they called for greater action on the climate emergency in more than 100 cities and towns across the country.

Organisers of the school strike for climate claimed about 300,000 people attended dozens of rallies, including an estimated 100,000 in Melbourne and 80,000 in Sydney. The unprecedented climate crisis protests were likely the largest public demonstrations in Australia since the marches against the Iraq War in 2003.

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

Pacific climate warriors: “I have a right to set foot on my islands... to see its beauty and everything it has to give. My generation and generations to come have a right to stand on the same soil our ancestors did.”#ClimateStrike #sydney

Oscar interviews Zac who is losing his voice after leading the crowds in chants at the Brisbane #ClimateStrike. “It’s so great, chanting with all the other people for what we think is right”.

Esther Plummer (13 years old) interviews fellow climate strikerJasper (15 years old) about why he is attending the #ClimateStrike in Byron Bay.

Related: Signs of the times: the best Australian climate strike placards

Some Coburg High students. The school said they could come if their parents let them. #climatestrike

Melbourne school strikers #ClimateStrike

Related: Global climate strikes: Don’t say you’re sorry. We need people who can take action to TAKE ACTUAL ACTION | First Dog on the Moon

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From Alan Jones to the Daily Mail: the Australian media's bizarre reactions to the climate strike

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Jones cited Joseph Goebbels while the Mail found a child who said they just wanted the day off school

The Daily Mail found a child at the climate strike who said they just wanted the day off school and Alan Jones quoted Joseph Goebbels. Those were just some of the more bizarre takes on the climate strike from sections of the media on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied across Australia in what were overwhelmingly peaceful events but on Sydney’s most popular breakfast program Jones interviewed climate sceptics and claimed school children were being brainwashed by adults with a political agenda.

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

BREAKING: @9NewsMelb has confirmed a class of @RMIT students were offered full marks on an assessment if they attended today’s climate change rally and took a selfie. More soon.

Now Sky News has Rita Panahi discussing the “poor brainwashed kids” of the #schoolstrike4climate.

Prue MacSween says there are “social groomers masquerading as teachers”.

Jack Houghton (Sky Digital Editor) calls the strikers “completely economically illiterate”.#ClimateStrike

Just out here doing my job, covering the climate strike rally in Sydney. A demonstrator comes up to me and asks who I work for so I told her. She replied “I hope you can never have children.” Very inclusive. Very woke. Very kind.

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Signs of the times: the best Australian climate strike placards

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Australian climate strikers’ signs send government a bleakly humorous Texta message

Laughing in the face of looming apocalypse, Friday’s climate strike brought out the best in dark Australian humour.

While many signs were deadly serious, teens are nothing if not witty and they came armed with memes and pop culture references.

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

Here are the three winners of our slogan contest #USYDSoc #GlobalClimateStrike

#ClimateStrike. Best sign so far, Domain bulging at the seams.


Fave sign, hands down. #GlobalClimateStrike

The Melbourne #ClimateStrike starts in Treasury Gardens soon. Fatima, 19: “Whatever we do in the next few months will decide what the future is going to look like.

“We can put our all in to switch to renewables and go down a greener path, or it’s going to be bad for everyone.”

Some @lizzo vibes at Sydney climate strike. #schoolstrike4climate #sydney #sign

Lots of babies at this protest. They don’t even have jobs! #ClimateStrike

Photos and great signs from the Hobart #climatestrike from Amelia Neylon (16)

It’s a beautiful day TODAY for a #ClimateStrike
History will be made.
Don’t sit this one out.
Everyone is wanted.
Everyone is needed. #StrikeWithUs

Intergenerational solidarity at Melbourne’s #ClimateStrike.

About to kick off properly in 30 minutes.

My first sign pic of the day #climatestrike

Our #ClimateStrike pictures reposted with alt text.

Some Coburg High students. The school said they could come if their parents let them. #climatestrike

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Yes, I'm striking over the climate crisis. And suing the US government, too | Vic Barrett

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As one of the 21 young plaintiffs in the Juliana v United States lawsuit I am inspired by my people’s past to fight for the future

I was born into a world in which my future and my past are uncertain. Born into a world where my inheritance is slipping into the sea. Born into a world where my people are going extinct.

I am 20, and I am suing the executive branch of the federal government for causing the climate crisis. I am one of the 21 youth plaintiffs in the Juliana v United States climate lawsuit taking action against our government for denying us our constitutional rights to life, liberty and property.

People of color, indigenous communities, low-income communities and young people face a significantly higher risk of experiencing the impacts of climate change

We must find new ways to fight by listening to the stories of our ancestors

Vic Barrett is a plaintiff with Juliana v United States

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US to stage its largest climate strike in history: 'Somebody must sound the alarm'

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The US is set to stage its largest ever day of protest over the climate crisis, with tens of thousands of students joined by adults in abandoning schools and workplaces for a wave of strikes across the country.

Climate strikes will take place in more than 1,000 locations in the US on Friday, with major rallies in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. Globally, more than 4,500 strikes are planned across 150 countries.

Related: 'We won't stop striking': the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change

Related: Greta Thunberg to Congress: ‘You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry’

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Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion

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Open letter says the Australian government’s inaction on the climate crisis requires civil disobedience in response

More than 250 academics at Australian universities say the federal government’s inaction on the climate crisis requires civil disobedience in response and they feel a “moral duty” to rebel and “defend life itself”.

In an open letter, professors, researchers and lecturers from more than a dozen institutions have declared support for the Extinction Rebellion movement and its global week of non-violent civil disobedience in October.

Related: 'We declare our support for Extinction Rebellion': an open letter from Australia's academics

Related: 'Going to the streets again': what you need to know about Friday's climate strike

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The Guardian view on the school climate strike: protests that matter | Editorial

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The youth climate movement has created a new sense of urgency. Adults, including politicians, must now focus on plotting a safer course

This Friday’s school strike, which adults around the world have been asked to join, is the largest mobilisation yet attempted by the youth climate movement launched last year by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. As such, it is an event of international significance. History shows not only that social change is possible, even when the interests ranged against it are formidable, but that peaceful protest is among the most effective ways to bring it about. The campaigns against slavery, for female suffrage and for workers’ and civil rights, as well as the independence movements of former colonies including India, all harnessed new forms of civic participation and activism to the cause of progress.

Movements on behalf of people who lack voting rights, of course, have little choice but to try to exercise influence outside the ballot box. As adults in democracies, we have become used to making our political choices in elections, with only a small minority in most countries actively involved in parties or campaigning. That does not mean political action should end there. And except for 16- and 17-year-olds in a handful of countries, children cannot vote. If they want their voices to be heard they must seek other means – such as a school strike.

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Global climate strike: how you can get involved

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Millions will take to the streets in global climate crisis protests from 20 to 27 September

The global climate strike kicks off on Friday and will ripple across the world in more than 4,000 locations, the start of a weeklong movement to train international attention on the climate emergency. It’s the latest of a succession of strikes on Fridays led by schoolchildren – but this time adults are invited to join in.

Related: Climate strikes: are you taking part in Friday's protests?

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New York Public Library cancels Saudi-sponsored event

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In the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, charity’s close ties to crown prince Mohammed bin Salman provoked fierce protests from human rights groups

The New York Public Library has cancelled a workshop for 300 people, after criticism from human rights groups of the event’s Saudi sponsor.

The MiSK-OSGEY Youth Forum was due to take place at the library on 23 September 2019, but the event was partly funded by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK), the Saudi crown prince’s personal charity. The co-sponsor was UN’s Office of the secretary general’s envoy on youth (OSGEY).

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