Students and others marched through the streets of Tokyo on March 15 as part of a global movement among young people to raise awareness about climate change.

One of the organizers of the Tokyo march was Aina Koide, a 21-year-old university junior, who said in front of the United Nations University in Shibuya Ward: "Although young people around the world are raising their voices, interest in Japan is low. We should take action while there is still time to implement countermeasures."

Carrying signs in various languages, the group of 100 or so people marched through the Aoyama, Harajuku and Shibuya districts, popular venues for young people.

Globally, students marched in about 2,000 locations in about 120 nations, with many skipping school to take part in the protest.

The movement was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old high school student in Sweden who staged a lone protest in front of the parliament in Stockholm last summer.

Her concerns about the lack of action by governments quickly spread through social networking services and sparked interest among students elsewhere.