Hundreds of Japanese students have marched to call for measures to combat global warming as the COP25 UN climate change conference continues in Spain.
Some 400 teenage students from a school in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, took part in the one-hour march on Friday.
They walked about two kilometers through the city, shouting “Save the Earth” and “Save the future.” Many of them belong to sports clubs, and some held placards saying that it is becoming too hot to play baseball.
Baseball club captain Yuuki Nishikawa said it will become difficult to play the sport if global temperatures rise further. He said he wants to urge more people to become aware of the dangers.
Students from the same school took to the streets in September. They demanded that the school and city government begin using renewable energy.
The calls by the students appear to have prompted the school operator to take action. It plans to install solar panels on a gymnasium that is currently under construction.
The school principal Chihiro Takahashi said the students’ rallies have made her realize that adults bear a big responsibility for global warming. She said she wants to take measures even if it is costly.
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