Thousands of young Danes take part in climate strike at parliament

School children and students from across Denmark took part in global protests over climate change on Friday.

Thousands of young Danes take part in climate strike at parliament
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Young people went on strike from lessons to gather in 32 towns and cities across the country, including in front of the national parliament at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Over 10 times more people attended Friday’s demonstration than recent climate protests on February 1st, newspaper Politiken reports.

Several thousand school children and students stayed away from classes in order to make clear to politicians how highly they prioritise the issue of climate change.

The Danish demonstration is part of the global school strike movement for climate dubbed Fridays for Future. The movement was started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who this week received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Upper secondary school student Adrian Preisler, who is 18, was one of the organisers of the Christiansborg demonstration. Preisler told Politiken he was taking part because “this is my my future and everyone else’s future, and not something we can just play around with.”.

“And I think that there are some politicians here at Christiansborg just in front of us who simply don’t do enough on climate,” he added.

Politicians from the environmentalist Alternative party tweeted about the demonstration, including leader Uffe Elbæk, who wrote that he was present with “three generations”.

Sofie Carsten Nielsen, acting political leader of the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre), accompanied her son to the event.

“I am so proud of him. They have prepared. They are sticking together. He is 12 years old and means this seriously,” Carsten Nielsen tweeted.

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen also made an appearance at the demonstration and spoke to some of the striking school students.

“It is incredibly good to see our young people getting involved,” the PM said in an interview with TV2 News.

Rasmussen denied his government was failing to do enough on climate change.

“I think we are (acting). We are well on the way. We are on the way to being involved, but the international climate battle cannot be won in Denmark,” he said.

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Central and southern Italy brace for storms and heavy snow

Storms and snowfall are forecast across much of central and southern Italy over the next few days, according to weather reports.

Snow is forecast in the hills of much of central and southern Italy.
Snow is forecast in the hills of much of central and southern Italy. Photo: Miguel MEDINA / AFP

Italy’s Civil Protection Department on Monday issued ‘orange’ alerts for bad weather along Campania’s Tyrrhenian coastline and the western part of Calabria, while Sicily, Basilicata, Lazio, Molise, Umbria, Abruzzo, central-western Sardinia, and the remaining areas of Campania and Calabria are under a lower-level ‘yellow’ weather warning.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is warning Italy’s central-southern regions to prepare for a blast of polar air from the Arctic Circle that will bring heavy snowfall, rain and storms, reports national weather forecaster Il Meteo.

The village of Grotte di Castro in the province of Viterbo, two hours’ drive north of Rome, mountainous parts of Sardinia, and much of the province of Campobasso in the central-eastern region of Molise were already blanketed in snow on Monday morning.

The department is responsible for predicting, preventing and managing emergency events across the country, and uses a green, yellow, orange and red graded colour coding system for weather safety reports.

An orange alert signifies a heavy rainfall, landslide and flood risk, while a yellow alert warns of localised heavy and potentially dangerous rainfall.

The current meteorological conditions mean that snow is expected to reach unusually low altitudes of around 450-500 metres, with flakes already falling thickly on parts of the southern-central Apennines mountain range at 500-700 metres altitude.

The hills of Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Lazio, Sardinia, Campania, Calabria and Basilicata are likely to see heavy snow around the 500m mark, while areas at an altitude of 1000m or higher will see between 50-60 cm of fresh snow.

Affected parts of the country could see 50-60cm of snowfall.

Affected parts of the country could see 50-60cm of snowfall. Photo: Vincenzo PINTO /AFP

In areas where the snow is unlikely to reach, heavy rains and thunderstorms are anticipated, with rain forecast throughout Sardinia, Campania, Calabria and Lazio, reports Il Meteo.

Strong winds are forecast over the whole country, with the island regions of Sicily and Sardinia facing windspeeds of over 100km/hour and the risk of storm surges, according to the national newspaper La Repubblica.

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The north of the country, meanwhile, will see sun but low temperatures of below 0°C at night in many areas, including across much of the Po Valley.

While conditions are expected to stabilise on Tuesday, cold currents from Northern Europe are forecast to trigger another wave of bad weather on Wednesday and Thursday, with Sardinia and Italy’s western coastline again at risk of storms and heavy rainfall that will move up towards Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Veneto in the north.