These are the signs of our times.
Young people and adults around the world skipped school and work for the global climate strike on Friday, which is expected to be the largest such demonstration to date with 4,638 events scheduled in 139 countries.
Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate advocate Greta Thunberg and other “Fridays for Future” activists organized the worldwide walkout to raise awareness about climate change. The Fridays for Future site says that “with the worsening climate destruction this goal of going to school begins to be pointless. Why study for a future, which may not be there?”
Thunberg also didn’t mince words when she testified at a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday, when she told U.S. lawmakers that “I want you to take real action.”
And the youth participating in climate strike demonstrations on Friday showed a similar flair for language in their pithy and pointed protest signs, such as “We are skipping our lessons to teach you one.”
Many also mixed humor with urgency, such as riffing off of Nelly’s 2002 hit “Hot in Herre” lyrics with, “It’s getting hot in here so take off all your coal.”
Here are some of the most-striking signs.