Kelowna students joining global strike addressing climate change inaction

Pablo Tucker
March 13, 2019

"Her group is led largely by young women of color, which she said should come as no surprise, because people who are already vulnerable are going to be disproportionately hit by climate change".

Organizers are calling on students who can not participate in a group action to demonstrate their support on Friday by wearing green and making time during the day to show solidarity with the Youth Climate Strike and its goals.

Synopsis: On March 15, students from all over the world will be skipping classes for the day, as they go on a school strike for climate action.

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Can you tell us a little about your role in the climate strike happening on March 15? Thunberg has inspired and helped pupils and students to organise school strikes in protest of the inaction in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands.

"And our government refused to listen".

When the world as we know it is being threatened by climate change, how can we sit at school and do nothing about it?


"A lot of politicians are informed but they're not doing anything about it, even when they have the power to do something and we don't", Noor said. It's a message that is grounded in the latest science on climate change, while reminding us that climate is a matter of social justice with the burdens falling on those least responsible, including children and future generations.

Local groups including Byron Shire Climate Emergency Guidance Group, Zero Emissions Byron, COREM, Creative Mullumbimy, The Brunswick Valley Historical Society and Mullum SEED issued a statement of support for the students.

The students, who are marching as part of an worldwide, youth-driven "School Strike 4 Climate", plan to walk first to Alameda City Hall and then back to Crab Cove, where speakers will address the assembled crowd. But students bunking off school would be dealt with accordingly, he said. Thousands of students have followed her example ever since.


"This is about striking as a legitimate form of protest", she said. However, she has concerns about students missing school for the strike.

"Young people, in particular, have the right to feel angry about the future that we are about to leave them if we can not bring about a change that is proportionate to the magnitude of the threat". I wish we could live in a country where I could go to school every day with the reassurance that my government was taking care of me and my future.

"We recognise, as adults, researchers and as educators, that it is important to respect youth leadership and stand with young people as allies, but not in front.


That is not the case", she said. The world's children are reminding us that we have a big debt to repay and an earth to fix and restore.

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