Greens again encourage students to skip school to protest

Katie Ramirez
March 13, 2019

The teenager says her activism was inspired by the students of Parkland school in Florida.

Young people point to several reasons for their anger: The raft of recent scientific reports highlighting the perils of unabated global warming for future generations, and the inaction when it comes to implementing available climate solutions.

Students will gather outside the Palmerston North City Council Building on Friday from 9am to 12pm and march around The Square at 11am.

Whether students should be striking during school time was a decision for students and their parents, Ardern told local media earlier in the day.

But her idea caught on because of its straightforward, powerful message: Yes, young people need to go to school-but unless humans work to actively reverse the already devastating effects of climate change, education may not matter.

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

"I will be striking because if we don't take urgent action now, my future, among with the rest of my generations future, will be seriously damaged", she said.

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Being a member of the Student Climate Action Network and a graduate of the Student Climate Leadership Program run by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, I worked alongside numerous people to help organise and facilitate the day.

With climate change threatening their future, they ask how adults can truly say that the world is their oyster.

Youth and worldwide speakers, as well as folk-activist musician Luke Wallace, will be opening the event at the Legislature beginning at 12 p.m. Students will then take to the streets at 1 p.m.to block traffic at Fort and Douglas Street, where many of Canada's big banks, which continue to invest in fossil fuels, are located.

"We are going to talk with them, listen to them, hear them, we have to, climate change is the challenge they are telling us it is".

'I'm appalled that this teacher, while being paid by the taxpayer, has sought to undertake political activity, ' Mr Stokes said. 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.

Climate Leaders is an initiative that aims to put a spotlight on the candidates with a strong stance for climate action in the upcoming election. "We also want them to be responsible and safe". I hope that in the next federal election, we see someone elected that is able to accurately represent the electorate's values and wishes. "The science has been clear for a really long time, but we've never really faced the issue head on".

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