Kids around the world plan to skip school this Friday to demand action on climate change

Students in Brussels strike from school to protest a lack of climate awareness on January 31, 2019. (Eric Lalmand/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN)Young people around the world are not interested in excuses when it comes to dealing with climate change.

Every year of their lives has been one of the warmest recorded. Extreme weather events, including floods, wildfires and heat waves, are becoming the new norm. Many believe that, if nothing is done to stop global warming, their generation will be left to deal with catastrophic consequences.
That's why, on March 15, tens of thousands of students worldwide will be cutting class and taking to the streets to demand that elected officials act.
Here's what you need to know about their movement.

    How we got here

    The global climate strike on March 15 is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement, which has been active around the world for months.
    It began with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmental activist, who in August 2018 starte