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'Thousands' of Minnesota students to go on strike for climate change protest

They'll walk out of class this Friday.

Minnesota organizers of a youth climate change protest say they expect "thousands" of students will "go on strike from school" this Friday.

Protests for what is being called "The Youth Climate Strike" are being held across the world on Friday, which will include demonstrations in St. Paul, Rochester and Duluth.

The St. Paul and Rochester events will be held during the school day, with students going "on strike" before attending climate action events outside the State Capitol Building in St. Paul and Downtown Peace Place in Rochester between noon and 2 p.m.

Another demonstration will be held between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at People's Power Plaza in Duluth.

Youth Climate Strike organizers in Minnesota say they will be protesting the "national government’s failure to take action to stop climate change."

The strike movement has been inspired by the efforts of Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, whose weekly "school strike for climate" prompted similar demonstrations across Europe and is now going global.

CNBC reports that more than 40 countries are expected to participate in this Friday's strike.

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"Political leaders in the United States and around the world have failed to prioritize – and in some cases even acknowledge – climate change," Minnesota Youth Climate Strike said. 

"Their delay had brought about a climate crisis: according to the UN, there are only 11 years left to reverse the worst effects of climate change. Our futures are on the line, and we will demand attention for climate change before it’s too late."

The protest group says it's calling on support for renewable energy and actions to combat climate change on local and state levels in Minnesota, as well as calling for the U.S. to adopt the Green New Deal to shift the country to 100 percent zero-emission energy.

You can find more information about the protests here.

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