Climate strike: School students from over 120 countries march to 'change history'

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict, and refugees", Norwegian politician Freddy André Øvstegård told global news agency AFP.

College and high school students in Boulder, Fort Collins and other cities across the country will step out of school for the strike.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has pledged NZ$100 million ($68 million) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supports to the student strikes, saying teenagers should not wait until they were old enough to vote to use their voice.

Some politicians have criticized the students, suggesting they should be spending their time in school, not on the streets.

"We only have a very short time to act on climate change, and [we] need to start now", Baines said.

Yves Herman  ReutersDemonstrators take part in a protest against climate change in central Brussels Belgium
Yves Herman ReutersDemonstrators take part in a protest against climate change in central Brussels Belgium

Aisheeya's activism is partly inspired by the low-lying home country of her parents.

Thunberg said on Twitter that nearly 100 countries will be involved.

Young people make up more than half of the global population.

"The reality of climate change really impacted my community this year, when bushfires ravaged the Huon Valley, and burned over 200,000 hectares of wilderness across the state", he says.

Since rising to prominence, Thunberg has spoken at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to share her urgent message with world leaders.

"There's so much research going on showing what the world will look like, so many cities and countries will go underwater. Action. When do we want it. Now".

The students say they have heard teens from other schools, including Halifax West, Charles P. Allen, and Eastern Passage, will join them.

She said: "For years now I have been seriously concerned about climate change and the ecological breakdown we are causing, and the lack of action at a government level".

In France, activist groups launched legal action this week for failing to do enough to fight climate change, citing a similar successful effort in the Netherlands.

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

Morning rain cleared in time for the masses to come together at 12.30pm, all with the same objective - to support an global movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet.

"They're making a bigger contribution and learning more by doing this strike than anything they could possibly do at school", she told 3AW.

UK youth strikes are being organised by a number of organisations including Youth Strike 4 Climate, UK Student Climate Network and the UK Youth Climate Coalition.

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