Around 12,500 Belgian students marched in Brussels Thursday, joining a growing movement of young people around the world who have started skipping school to demand climate action. "There is actually no point going to school if our world is going to die," 16-year-old demonstrator Mariam told BBC News in a video . Skipping school to save the Climate. 12 thousand children take an unauthorised day off and take to the streets of… https://t.co/JKt9kBXMQn — Gavin Lee (@GavinLeeBBC) 1547771048.0 Students braved rainy weather to march with signs with messages like "School strike 4 Climate" and "Skipping school? No. We fight for our future," The Associated Press reported . Thursday’s march was larger than an initial protest last week, which drew around 3,000 students, The Brussels Times reported Jan. 11 . The difference in size is partly because the first march only included students from the Flemish school system. On Thursday, they were joined by students from French speaking schools, according to a further report from The Brussels Times. However, even the first, smaller march was larger than anticipated. Students had intended to demonstrate in a square outside the Central station, but found their numbers too big, and instead marched towards […]

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