In this long exposure photo cars drive on a highway in Frankfurt, Germany, early Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Global climate protests start in Australia before UN summit

September 19, 2019 - 7:07 pm

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands of protesters are gathering at rallies around Australia as a day of worldwide demonstrations begins ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York.

Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a "global climate strike" started Friday in Australia's largest city, Sydney, and the national capital, Canberra.

Australian demonstrators are calling for their nation, which is the world's largest exporter of coal and liquid natural gas, to take more drastic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Global Strike 4 Climate said protests will be staged in 110 towns and cities across Australia on Friday, with organizers demanding government and business commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Similar rallies are panned in cities around the globe.