Why these Australian students will strike for climate change action - RN

Mindy Sparks
March 15, 2019

Thunberg skipped class previous year to sit outside government buildings because she believed her country was not following the Paris Climate Agreement, sparking a global movement.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett, on right, is called out from a meeting by students protesting climate change.

"I think that what she stands for and how she takes it on board is very inspiring in that it's not all talk and we are trying to get action", Billie says.

Hundreds of school pupils are boycotting classes today to join a mass global demonstration calling for United Kingdom and world leaders to step up action against climate change.

"All schools are showing their support; we have been getting messages from everywhere - from Thornhill to the Tech - and there are even people travelling from Omagh to show their support".

In France, activist groups launched legal action this week for failing to do enough to fight climate change, citing a similar successful effort in the Netherlands.

Nine councils have now indicated in response to letters from Scottish Green MSPs that they won't pursue punitive action against young people taking part.

"Collective action of the kind you're championing can make a difference, and a profound one", he said.

Students were protesting around the globe all with the same purpose – to support an international movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet
Main Msida-Valletta Road To Close This Friday As Students Strike And March Against Climate Change

The Swedish teenager - who on her Twitter page describes herself as "a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger [syndrome]" - first staged a school strike for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament in August last year. The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.

More than 1000 school pupils have turned out for the protest in Edinburgh.

"When I saw that (Fridays for Future) was planning to have an inaugural protest in the US on March 15th, I sent out a message to a few friends to see if they wanted to organize a student strike in Bellingham", Gardner said in an email. "Obviously, one strike isn't going to change everything, but this isn't the last strike", Hirsi said.

Marlborough Boys' College students heading the march around town.

We want you to be more ambitious in addressing this issue and to act with greater urgency.

Hynd said he had missed an English class for the strike, while Pinker-Meihana said he had missed a Chemistry class.

"If we don't do something, it'll be our lives affected, not the 60-year-old politicians", said Sydney student Callum Frith, 15, who was wearing his school uniform.

"The flood we just had wasn't just a normal flood, it was a one-in-100-year event".


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