Students in NJ will be striking on Friday for 'Green New Deal'

Pablo Tucker
March 15, 2019

Thousands of students and pupils from Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty will join rolling strikes from Invercargill in the south to Russell in the north throughout the day to urge elected leaders to take immediate action against climate change.

"But with the help of my friend, Olive Brown, who has been crucial to the planning, the Facebook campaign has gotten more attention than we anticipated. Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?"

Thunberg made headlines worldwide previous year when a spate of unseasonal forest fires convinced her to protest outside of Sweden's parliament building.

On Friday, thousands of schoolchildren are expected to strike again against climate change in more than 100 countries around the world, including New Zealand. But even after the elections were over, her protests continued.

Following the #FridaysForFuture movement, started by the Swedish teen, Jodi is calling on Derry students to "strike" tomorrow between 1pm and 3pm and gather in Guildhall Square to make their voices heard about the state of the earth they, as young people, will inherit. "And then I thought, 'If no one does anything, I'll have to do something.' When I grow older I want to look back and say I did what I could back then".

"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 worldwide news agency AFP.

"The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution", he said.

Any Norwegian legislator can nominate somebody for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important contributions to war and conflict", Ovstegard told Norwegian newspaper VG.

'I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future'.

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