More than 60,000 people participated in a protest to call attention to global climate change in New York City, following a recent series of mass demonstrations against climate crisis in major cities across the globe.

Over a million students in New York public schools were given the day off to participate with written permissions from their parents.

The ultimate goal of the global strikes is to get countries to follow through on commitments they made at the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

Getting the United States to comply is particularly challenging under the current administration.

President Donald Trump has denied climate change exists, plans to pull the U.S. Out of the Paris Climate Agreement and has rolled back regulations to cut emissions.

The global strikes were timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit that will kick off in New York city on Monday. Global leaders will take to the stage to announce concrete plans to combat climate change.