Local students to cut class in second climate strike

James Marshall
March 13, 2019

Last month, more than 10,000 pupils across the United Kingdom sought their parents' permission and left classrooms in Glasgow, Leeds, Exeter, London and Brighton to join UK-wide climate strikes.

"Last year we witnessed thousands of students striking in solidarity across the world demanding climate action", Byron High School Year 11 student Mia Thom said. "We can not teach on a dead planet".

15, pages of tests and textbooks will be left unturned as local youth from across the Greater Victoria area leave their desks and head to the B.C. Legislature to participate in a global student strike for the climate.

Last week, a group of 40 students from across Ireland, including Saoi, met in Dublin to expand on these ideas and decide on a list of climate actions they want politicians to take up.

"Students throughout history have been a critical driving force of social movements". "The students leading this movement have demonstrated courage in standing up to the powerful forces that want to protect the massive profits being made by maintaining the status quo".

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

As well as marches in Dublin and Cork, there will be strike events outside local authority offices in counties from Kerry to Donegal, Meath to Galway, and locally at school gates across the country. But students bunking off school would be dealt with accordingly, he said. We must teach students more than just how to pass tests ...

Since Greta began her solo protest, it's estimated that more than 70,000 students around Europe and the world have joined her protest each week, in over 270 towns and cities.

At the end of her talk, Greta says she's not going to end on a positive, hopeful note, like most TED talks. I wish we could live in a country where I could go to school every day with the reassurance that my government was taking care of me and my future.

"I am very conflicted about [the strike] because any time you're missing school you are missing important content", she said. They told us to go back to school. However in the upcoming federal election, there are some beacons of hope for climate action.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave her support on Wednesday to a youth movement urging government action to tackle climate change ahead of protests by students across the world later this week.

Can you tell us a little about how Climate Leaders started and what you aim to achieve through the initiative? "We make it to Friday hundred?"

"I think [the strike] is important because one, they're using their voice and two, they're putting pressure on trying to get something done, and hopefully they can get something done".

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