The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local):

8 a.m.

In India’s capital of New Delhi, schoolchildren are protesting inaction on climate change and rising air pollution levels that often far exceed World Health Organization limits.

Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)
Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)

Friday’s rallies by students around the world were one of the biggest international actions yet to demand more government action to fight climate change. Protests were underway or planned in cities in more than 100 countries, including in cities as diverse as Hong Kong, Paris, Warsaw, Wellington, New Zealand and Oulu, Finland.

The coordinated ‘school strikes,’ were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.

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Indian students from different institutions participate in a climate protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian students from different institutions participate in a climate protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

5 a.m.

From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by word of mouth and social media are skipping class to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take tough action against global warming.

The coordinated ‘school strikes,’ were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.

Students participate in a climate protest, at Stortorget in Lund, Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Johan Nilsson /TT News Agency via AP)
Students participate in a climate protest, at Stortorget in Lund, Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments’ failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (Johan Nilsson /TT News Agency via AP)

Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, fueled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students’ lifetime.

Friday’s rallies were one of the biggest international actions yet. Protests were underway or planned in cities in more than 100 countries, including Hong Kong; New Delhi; Wellington, New Zealand; and Oulu, Finland.

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High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments’ failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Students attend a protest ralley of the 'Friday For Future Movement' in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Students attend a protest ralley of the ‘Friday For Future Movement’ in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Young demonstrators gather on the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral, prior to the start of a protest march of Finnish youth calling for climate protection,  in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Young demonstrators gather on the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral, prior to the start of a protest march of Finnish youth calling for climate protection, in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A student holds up a sign with writing reading in Italian
A student holds up a sign with writing reading in Italian “Lets save the planet”, during a demonstration outside the Castello Sforzesco castle, in Milan, Italy, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Young demonstrators gather at the Finnish Parliament during a protest march of Finnish youth calling for climate protection, in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Young demonstrators gather at the Finnish Parliament during a protest march of Finnish youth calling for climate protection, in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
A participant holds a sign during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A participant holds a sign during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Students hold signs during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Students hold signs during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A boy wearing a mask sits behind a banner during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A boy wearing a mask sits behind a banner during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Participants march during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Participants march during a rally for global climate strike for future in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Adults stand in solidarity with Indian students in a climate protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Adults stand in solidarity with Indian students in a climate protest in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Students take part in a protest against climate change, in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday in protest over their governments’ failure to act against global warming. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
A young demonstrator holds a placard reading 'We are the last generation that can effect', prior to the start of a protest march of Finnish youth calling for climate protection, in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
A young demonstrator holds a placard reading ‘We are the last generation that can effect’, prior to the start of a protest march of Finnish youth calling for climate protection, in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)
Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)
Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)
Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via AP)
High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments' failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
High school students demonstrate outside the Pantheon monument in Paris, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students worldwide are skipping class Friday to take to the streets to protest their governments’ failure to take sufficient action against global warming. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Students attend a demonstrate during a
Students attend a demonstrate during a “Climate strike” protest in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 15, 2019. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Students gather in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Students gather in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier to demand action on climate change, in Rome, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Students from different institutions hold placards and banners as they participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Students from different institutions hold placards and banners as they participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Students from different institutions hold placards and banners as they participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Students from different institutions hold placards and banners as they participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Students from different institutions hold placards and banners as they participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Students from different institutions hold placards and banners as they participate in a climate protest in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)