Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rundle: school students marching against climate change aren't kids anymore

Rundle: school students marching against climate change aren't kids anymore

The kids are again proving they give a shit.

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.

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The lead-up to the protest was met with some discouragement from politicians and pundits in Australia, imploring them to stay in school and strike outside of school hours. She attended a rally in New Plymouth, and spoke to students. "It's your future and you're fighting for it", Ardern said, according to

Maltese students will be marching from the University of Malta to Valletta, Malta's capital city, to emphasise how they do not want to inherit a land, and indeed world, that has been destroyed and poisoned through humanity's gluttonous greed.

"It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action".

They also want greater regulation of the agriculture industry, which they say accounts for nearly half of New Zealand's emissions.

Students in Australia protested against climate change last November, defying calls from the Prime Minister for them to stay in school.

On Friday, thousands of students are expected to demonstrate in more than 100 countries in what activists say could be a milestone moment in a grassroots campaign to push world leaders into doing more.

Omar's daughter, Isra Hirsi, 16, of Minneapolis, is spearheading the nationwide youth climate strike protests across the almost 50 states and Washington, DC., along with co-organizers Alexandria Villasenor, 13, of NY, and Haven Coleman, 12, of Denver.

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