Published: Пт, Марта 15, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

A homemade poster of Greta Thunberg adorns her bedroom wall, as does the homemade placard that she brought on a recent children's rally on climate action.

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.

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose school strike for climate has inspired protests around the world, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is handed out in Norway.

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.

Friday marks the first coordinated, global set of youth climate strikes.

She said: There's no better way to make our point than not be where we're supposed to be.

Aisheeya's activism is partly inspired by the low-lying home country of her parents. "Everyone should be scared", she said.

University students congregate on campus before they leave
University students congregate on campus before they leave

Some students believe missing some classes will be a lesson for adults to understand how much this issue impacts a younger generation.

"Australia is in the thick of the climate crisis", the invite says.

We urge you and the Government of HKSAR to do more than what is now proposed in the 2030+ Climate Action Plan.

"We can't afford not to take action". "Obviously, one strike isn't going to change everything, but this isn't the last strike", Hirsi said.

However, we do not feel that the now planned actions to address climate change are sufficient or are being implemented with the necessary urgency.

"When you have privilege it's important to speak up".

Doha has specific demands for the changes she wants to see from government.

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Tully Bowtell-Young, from Townsville, says the extreme weather that has lashed the city recently is a stark example of the effects of climate change.

"We are the professionals and we're saying the young generation is right", said Volker Quaschning, a professor of engineering at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences. "It was a horrendous flood", she says.

"They talk about our age, our looks and so on", she continued.

But Tully has been on the trail of climate activism for some time.

"Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcome", she wrote. "But obviously as teachers they're not allowed to condone us striking school".

The movement, started by 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, is expected to see children, their parents and their supporters take to the streets in 1,500 cities in more than 100 countries. "I applaud you for that", he said.

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