Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Kelowna students joining worldwide strike addressing climate change inaction

Kelowna students joining worldwide strike addressing climate change inaction

Specifically, Thunberg said she wants Sweden to adhere to the Paris Agreement, part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association supports the Youth Climate Strike planned for Friday, March 15.

Thunberg didn't quite mean to start a global climate change movement when began her weekly protest in August 2018, riding her bicycle to Swedish Parliament and sitting with a handmade sign that read "School strike for climate".

The School Strike 4 Climate Australia event encourages students to 'strike from school and tell our politicians to take our futures seriously and treat climate change for what it is - a crisis'.

Hawke's Bay co-organiser and Taradale High School student Charlie Mudgway believes it is a chance for the student body to make their voices heard - and striking sent a "really powerful message".

"Keep fighting, keep speaking, keep standing up, keep resisting, and fight until we get what we need".

"Like school students around the country, we see continued wordy promises followed by inaction, including by our own national and local governments, as a moral failure to safeguard our children's future and to take hold of the opportunity for wellbeing that climate action brings".

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes had warned students and teachers against attending the rally saying, "the law is very clear, this is a notified school day, kids should be at school".

She said that it is "kind of sad" that students have to take it upon themselves to push for policy changes "to ensure that our future is protected". However, she has concerns about students missing school for the strike.

Hawke's Bay Secondary Principals' Association chairman and Taradale High School principal Stephen Hensman said he supported "teenagers wanting to advocate for change in how we approach the environment".

Youth culture is said to be defined by its movements - from Rock Against Racism in 1970s Britain to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have swept through the US.

"We are the first generation to experience the impacts of climate change and the last generation who will be able to do anything about it", he said.

"I$3 absolutely understand and expect the next generation to raise what is the biggest issue facing them globally".

"[Strikers are] letting the school know that [climate change is] actually serious and we need to be doing this Not just the school, people in general like the community and everyone around the community", she said. They focus on vital issues that threaten young people's wellbeing.

Awatere-Huata says she will be marching with them, and calling for an end to government inertia.

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