Last Friday young people striked for climate change. Maltese students joined more than 1 million young people worldwide who skipped school to protest against the effects of climate change. This came after the call of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, now nominated for a Nobel Peace prize after protesting in front of the Swedish parliament every Friday since last August. The students from the University of Malta walked from the campus to Valletta to join other students and young people in front of parliament for a rally.
The rally hosted a number of banners made by young people with a variety of messages. The banners ranged from comical to calls for action to specific issues facing the Maltese youth today.
The students were joined by a number of politicians, including Education Minister Evarist Bartolo and a number of MEP election candidates such as Miriam Dalli, Michael Briguglio, and Cyrus Engerer. Some of these were criticised for joining the walk and accused of doing so solely for political brownie points.