In pictures: Global climate strikers demand more help for the Global South

Youth activists staged a coordinated "global climate strike" on Friday (23 September) to highlight their fears about the effects of global warming and demand more aid for poor countries hit by wild weather.

Protesters took to the streets in Jakarta, Tokyo and Berlin carrying banners and posters with slogans such as "We are worried about the climate crisis" and "It's not too late."

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An activist wears waste plastic bottles as he parades during a protest dubbed "ClimateJustice" in Nairobi, Kenya. - REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

The demonstrations were organized by the Fridays for Future youth movement that took its cue from activist Greta Thunberg, who began protesting alone outside the Swedish parliament in 2018.

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A sign reading "I want a hot date, not a hot planet" is held up in the crowd during a demonstration by climate activists in Berlin. - Monika Skolimowska/dpa via AP

"We're striking all over the world because the governments in charge are still doing too little for climate justice," said Darya Sotoodeh, a spokesperson for the group's chapter in Germany.

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Activists gather at Foley Square in lower Manhattan, New York for the Global Climate Strike. - AP Photo/Brittainy Newman

"People all over the world are suffering from this crisis and it's going to get worse if we don't act on time," she said.

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Climate activists attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. - Kyodo News via AP

Thousands of people attended the rally in Berlin, which featured calls for the German government to establish a 100-billion-euro fund for tackling climate change.

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Climate activists attend a demonstration in Cologne, Germany. - Marius Becker/dpa via AP

The fossil fuel industry is 'feasting on billions of dollars'

The protests are taking place against the backdrop of warnings from scientists that countries aren't doing enough to meet the 2015 Paris climate accord's top-line target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century compared to preindustrial times.

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Environmental activists wearing masks carry placards during a Global Climate Strike rally in Jakarta, Indonesia. - Antara Foto/Aprillio Akbar/via REUTERS

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders this week that the fossil fuel industry, which is responsible for a large share of planet-warming gases, is "feasting on hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and windfall profits while household budgets shrink and our planet burns."

Guterres urged rich countries to tax the profits of energy companies and redirect the funds to both "countries suffering loss and damage caused by the climate crisis" and those struggling with the rising cost of living.

A protester wears a shoe with the inscription reading "No plastic seas" during the Fridays for Future global climate demonstration in the city of Munich. - CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP

Demands for poor nations to receive greater financial help to cope with global warming, including the destruction already wrought by deadly weather events such as the floods in Pakistan, have grown louder in the run-up to this year's UN climate summit.