The worldwide protests were inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg [Mike Hutchings/Reuters]

Young people around the world are skipping school on Friday to march through the streets, kicking off a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change.

Classrooms in capitals from Lagos to London are expected to be empty, as the ambitious organisers of the international student strike hoped to stage 1,000 demonstrations in more than 100 countries.

George Bond, a student protester in London who travelled several hours to demonstrate outside the British parliament, told Al Jazeera it was “imperative that young people are able to break the cycle of inaction that directly threatens the security of their future on this planet”.

“There

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