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Thousands skip school again to go to Belgium climate protest

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Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BRUSSELS (AP) — More than 10,000 students skipped school again in Belgium to join a march demanding better protections of the globe's fragile climate.

Despite the rain and cold, the colorful protest march in Brussels was bigger than the initial one last week.

Banners reading "School strike 4 Climate" and "Skipping school? No. We fight for our future," highlighted the march, which was free of incidents.

Some schools show understanding for the no-shows.

Patrick Lancksweerdt, a director of a local school, told De Standaard newspaper that "education has to turn youngsters into mature citizens. By their actions, they proved that they are."

The students hope to turn the rallies into weekly events.

Two girls hold up a banner during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
A girl wears a face mask and has a message written on her forehead that reads 'no planet B' during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. Banner at right in Dutch reads 'we are truant for more forests' and at center rear reads 'no money if it melts'. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold placards as they march during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. Sign in center reads in Dutch 'shortly everyone will have a house on the sea'. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
A girl wears a face mask and has a message written on her forehead that reads 'no planet B' during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
A girl wears a face mask and has a message written on her forehead that reads 'no planet B' during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold placards as they march during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. Sign in center reads in Dutch 'shortly everyone will have a house on the sea'. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold placards as they march during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. Sign in center reads in Dutch 'shortly everyone will have a house on the sea'. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Two girls hold up a banner during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Two girls hold up a banner during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. Banner at right in Dutch reads 'we are truant for more forests' and at center rear reads 'no money if it melts'. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. Banner at right in Dutch reads 'we are truant for more forests' and at center rear reads 'no money if it melts'. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)