Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Al Gore-led group encourages students to ditch school for climate change

Al Gore-led group encourages students to ditch school for climate change

On Friday 15th March, students from all over the world will take part in a school strike, including thousands across Australia. Thunberg became well known previous year when she exclusively sat outside the Swedish parliament building last August in an effort to pressure policymakers on making better choices to fight climate change.

This movement is led by Swedish sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg.

A TEDx talk she delivered on climate change now carried on TED's main website has garnered more than 1.2 million views and last month Thunberg joined protests in Belgium, where she won a European Union pledge to spend billions of euros to combat climate change.

Synopsis: On March 15, students from all over the world will be skipping classes for the day, as they go on a school strike for climate action.

"This is about striking as a legitimate form of protest", she said.

"I don't know of any climate striker that genuinely wants to miss school. If you are a citizen of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, North America, or the Earth as a whole, this strike is for you", reads the Facebook event, titled Student Strike 4 Climate 2019.

"If they had set it for students' own time, then I think it would have had more impact because adults would be able to see that students are willing to give up their own time rather than take some time off school to support the cause".

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After her first year 11 maths exam, Aisheeya will be getting the train from Western Sydney to Town Hall Station to take part in Sydney's instalment of the strikes. I am frustrated about not learning enough about climate change in school. "Climate change is already happening". While led by young people themselves, there are plenty of parents, teachers and others supporting their action and involvement.

Logan Park co-principal Kristan Mouat said the school supported the pupils as student leadership was a focus for the school. In the face of a climate crisis and no adequate government response, taking action is clearly the responsible choice. We miss school not because we want to, but because we have no other alternative to have our voices heard by our government.

On March 15th, students around the world will trade their classrooms for the steps of their local legislative buildings to confront legislators on the issue of climate change.

A year ago more than 100 students gathered at Coff St before marching through the CBD and meeting with local MPs.

"In particular, young people have the right to be angry about the future we are leaving for them, if there is no urgent change in proportion to the magnitude of the threat".

Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere-Huata said she had no qualms about encouraging schoolchildren to strike for action on climate change.

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