On Friday the 15th of March 1.5 million school students took to the streets in 123 countries out of fear for their future, love of our planet and anger at our leaders’ failure to act.  

They are asking policy-makers and business leaders: are you as smart as we are? 

Here are the images that moved us most:

 

 School students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

School students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

 

Fridays for Future Student Demonstration in Washington DC. © Livia Ferguson / Greenpeace

Student activists join the international movement and strike to show the climate crisis is the most important issue humanity faces. Strikes took place across the US and in more than 40 countries around the globe. © Livia Ferguson / Greenpeace

 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Protesters during a Climate Change Awareness March on March 15, 2019 outside Sydney Town Hall, Australia. The protests are part of a global climate strike, urging politicians to take urgent action on climate change. James Gourley/Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Protesters during a Climate Change Awareness March on March 15, 2019, outside Sydney Town Hall, Australia. The protests are part of a global climate strike, urging politicians to take urgent action on climate change. James Gourley/Getty Images

 

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the demonstration. The Fridays for Future is an international movement of school students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the demonstration. The Fridays for Future is an international movement of school students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

 

Fridays for Future Student Demonstration in Bangkok. © Biel Calderon / Greenpeace

Students in Bangkok strike and demonstrate to support the School strike for the climate movement, also known as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate. Students demand politicians to act urgently in order to prevent further global warming and climate change. © Biel Calderon / Greenpeace

 

Fridays for Future Student Demonstration in Bangkok. © Biel Calderon / Greenpeace

Students in Bangkok strike and demonstrate to support the School strike for the climate movement, also known as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate. Students demand politicians to act urgently in order to prevent further global warming and climate change. © Biel Calderon / Greenpeace

 

Fridays for Future Student Demonstration in Italy. © Massimo Guidi / Greenpeace

Rome’s school student go on strike and take to the streets to protest about climate change. © Massimo Guidi / Greenpeace

 

Fridays for Future Student Demonstration in Italy. © Massimo Guidi / Greenpeace

Rome’s school student go on strike and take to the streets to protest about climate change. © Massimo Guidi / Greenpeace

 

School students in Hong Kong who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change.

School students in Hong Kong who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change.

 

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 16: A protester holds a sign reading "Game over" as he takes part in the "March of The Century" (La Marche du Siecle) to demand answers to climate change on March 16, 2019 in Paris, France. Several thousand people demonstrated in Paris to denounce the government's inaction on climate. Chesnot/Getty Images

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 16: A protester holds a sign reading “Game over” as he takes part in the “March of The Century” (La Marche du Siecle) to demand answers to climate change on March 16, 2019, in Paris, France. Several thousand people demonstrated in Paris to denounce the government’s inaction on climate. © Chesnot/Getty Images

 

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 15: Participants hold signs and shout slogans during the Fridays for Future march on March 15, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Students around the world took to the streets on March 15 to protest a lack of climate awareness and demand that elected officials take action on climate change. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmental activist who started skipping school since August 2018 to protest outside Sweden's parliament, school and university students worldwide have followed her lead and shared her alarm and anger. Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images

TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 15: Participants hold signs and shout slogans during the Fridays for Future march on March 15, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. Students around the world took to the streets on March 15 to protest a lack of climate awareness and demand that elected officials take action on climate change. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmental activist who started skipping school since August 2018 to protest outside Sweden’s parliament, school and university students worldwide have followed her lead and shared her alarm and anger. © Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images

 

Fridays for Future Student Demonstration in Washington DC. © Livia Ferguson / Greenpeace

Student activists join the international movement and strike to show the climate crisis is the most important issue humanity faces. Strikes took place across the US and in more than 40 countries around the globe. © Livia Ferguson / Greenpeace