'We will continue to roar': Teens take to the streets in global climate protest

Hundreds of thousands of young people around the world took to the streets Friday for a day of global protest against inaction on climate change.

In Australia alone, an estimated 300,000 protesters marched in massive rallies across the country. Other rallies took place across the United States and Europe, including an estimated 100,000 in Berlin. Rallies occurred in South Africa, Poland and Britain, among other locations.

[See also: Photos of climate change protests around the globe]

New York City schools allowed students to skip classes to attend the climate strike (with parental permission). Yahoo News joined a group of them traveling from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School to the main protest at Manhattan’s Foley Square.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Student demonstrators and thousands of environmentalist gather on a demonstration during Climate Strike to draw the attention of global warming and climate change, in Melbourne, Australia on September 20, 2019. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: School students throw up an inflatable globe during a Climate strike rally on September 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Rallies held across Australia are part of a global mass day of action demanding action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Thousands of school students participate in a Climate strike rally on September 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Rallies held across Australia are part of a global mass day of action demanding action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Thousands of school students participate in a Climate strike rally on September 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Rallies held across Australia are part of a global mass day of action demanding action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Student demonstrators and thousands of environmentalist gather on a demonstration during Climate Strike to draw the attention of global warming and climate change, in Melbourne, Australia on September 20, 2019. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Student demonstrators and thousands of environmentalist gather on a demonstration during Climate Strike to draw the attention of global warming and climate change, in Melbourne, Australia on September 20, 2019. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Thousands of demonstrators take part in a Global Climate Strike on 20 September, 2019 in London, England, to draw international attention to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Millions of people are expected to take to the streets in over 4,000 locations in more than 130 countries across the world during a week-long mobilisation. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands of demonstrators take part in a Global Climate Strike on 20 September, 2019 in London, England, to draw international attention to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Millions of people are expected to take to the streets in over 4,000 locations in more than 130 countries across the world during a week-long mobilisation. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands of demonstrators take part in a Global Climate Strike on 20 September, 2019 in London, England, to draw international attention to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Millions of people are expected to take to the streets in over 4,000 locations in more than 130 countries across the world during a week-long mobilisation. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands of demonstrators take part in a Global Climate Strike on 20 September, 2019 in London, England, to draw international attention to the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Millions of people are expected to take to the streets in over 4,000 locations in more than 130 countries across the world during a week-long mobilisation. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: Activist Greta Thunberg leads the Youth Climate Strike in an effort to promote awareness and change to current global enviornmental policies on September 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Activists attend a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. In what could be the largest climate protest in history and inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, people around the world are taking to the streets to demand action to combat climate change. (Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Activists attend a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. In what could be the largest climate protest in history and inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, people around the world are taking to the streets to demand action to combat climate change. (Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Young activists from the Amazon attend a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. In what could be the largest climate protest in history and inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, people around the world are taking to the streets to demand action to combat climate change. (Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Activists attend a rally for action on climate change on September 20, 2019 in New York City. In what could be the largest climate protest in history and inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, people around the world are taking to the streets to demand action to combat climate change. (Photo by Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Getty Images)
School students and protesters gather for a climate strike march on September 20, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Fridays for Future global strike attracted hundreds of thousands of school students and adult protesters to march on the streets of Berlin to demand action on climate change. Similar protest took place in most major cities around the globe. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Participants in the Fridays For Future movement protest during a nationwide climate change action day in front of the Brandenburg Gate on September 20, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Fridays for Future protests and strikes are registered today in over 400 cities across Germany. The activists are demanding that the German government and corporations take a fast-track policy route towards lowering CO2 emissions and combating the warming of the Earth's temperatures. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Participants in the Fridays For Future movement protest during a nationwide climate change action day in front of the Brandenburg Gate on September 20, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Fridays for Future protests and strikes are registered today in over 400 cities across Germany. The activists are demanding that the German government and corporations take a fast-track policy route towards lowering CO2 emissions and combating the warming of the Earth's temperatures. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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“I want to live until retirement. I want to live until my 90s and 100s and have grandkids and great-grandkids, hopefully. And I want a world for them to live in also,” said Owen Maloney, who attends LaGuardia.

“All you have in this world is your voice. And I feel like if you’re not willing to express that at a school as renowned as ours, you have to get with the protests,” said Bella Tagliareni, also a student at the highly selective arts school.

Margot Guillen, of Harvest Collegiate High School, told Yahoo News she was there to send a message.

“By protesting peacefully, it shows how committed our generation is to making a change and showing that we know what’s happening and we need to stop it,” she said.

“We will not step down,” said Clementine Chafee Elorring, another student at LaGuardia. “We will continue to roar. We will continue to scream. And you’ll hear us.”

Watch their statements and those of other students in the video above.

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