Kelowna students joining global strike addressing climate change inaction

Cristina Cross
March 13, 2019

And now, teenagers around the world are channelling their anger at the climate crisis and demanding politicians tackle global warming. Her move has inspired many other young people to do the same.

"[Strikers are] letting the school know that [climate change is] actually serious and we need to be doing this Not just the school, people in general like the community and everyone around the community", she said.

"I think the most fun thing is to watch all the pictures around the world of hundreds of thousands of children school striking for the climate", Thunberg told Reuters.

"We are the first generation to experience the impacts of climate change and the last generation who will be able to do anything about it", he said.

"Curriculum for Excellence calls on young Scots to be responsible citizens". She's passionate about action on climate change and will help facilitate the strike, organising specifics including time, location and the schedule.

"This now means young people in Glasgow can act on their convictions for a better world without fear of sanction".

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"We have been overwhelmed with the volume and speed of responses to the open letter, over 1500 New Zealand researchers, academics and educators have signed the open letter in support of the School Strike 4 Climate movement in Aotearoa to stand in solidarity with rangatahi and their youth climate movement. I will be standing in solidarity with the students on Friday (down the back, in support) because what could be more important than being part of a global movement calling for a future based on climate justice, and not climate breakdown".

When asked if she would encourage students to strike on Friday, Ms Ardern said she would like to hear their view "on what they would want to do". "And that is a big change", she said.

"What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools", he said.

Rollins admires the people who will strike but expects some students to use the day as an excuse to skip school. The aim of Climate Leaders is to recruit even more of these kind of candidates - people who can represent young voices and deliver visionary climate policy.

St Peter's student Rachael Stone, 16, is one of the organisers of the Manawatū event and she expected more than 200 students to attend.

Living in Warringah and being passionate about reversing climate change has always been hard due to our current member consistently denying government policy on the issue. "The science has been clear for a really long time, but we've never really faced the issue head on".

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