Bangkok students strike against climate change

James Marshall
March 15, 2019

The group of students will begin at Citadel High at noon, and march to the Citadel Hill clock tower to meet up with students from other schools.

This is the second global youth strike, with the first taking place on the 15 February.

"My parents came from Bangladesh which is a country severely affected by climate change", she says.

"A rallying cry and the "fear of missing out" has a powerful effect on young people".

She's also watched her home city swelter under heatwaves in recent years.

She says the science on climate change is clear, and the time for action is now.

"This is a great show of solidarity and great show of support for something that is going to be affecting us all, so I applaud you for that and keep up the work".

"We can't afford not to take action".

One parent in attendance said that about 1,000 kids are at the strike, with more "streaming in" all of the time.

Hirsi, who lists on Twitter page that she is the head of the Minnesota High School Democrats and several other left-wing youth-based organizations, said in a recent interview with Grist that she is looking to "change the conversation" on issues such as the Green New Deal by organizing the strike.

A United Nations report released this week blames climate change, population growth, pesticides, plastics pollution and water contaminated with hormone-changing chemicals for killing millions of people every year.

"When you have privilege it's important to speak up". Just last week, the City of Portland filed amicus briefs in support of two cases where youth are suing the government over climate change, Chernaik v. Brown and Juliana v.

"I think we are only seeing the beginning". She has since inspired hundreds of thousands to do the same, creating the #FridaysForFuture movement, which has enlisted thousands of young people to skip school this Friday to march for policy action on environmental issues.

"We're out to look after the planet, because it's the only one we've got", he said. "It was a horrendous flood", she says.

Her successful campaigning has resulted in her giving lectures at the UN Climate Talks and World Economic Forum.

"Time is running out to prevent the irreversible and unsafe impacts of climate change", the report says.

"We weren't aware of the school strike in November".

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