Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Kelowna students joining worldwide strike addressing climate change inaction

Kelowna students joining worldwide strike addressing climate change inaction

Whether students should be striking during school time was a decision for students and their parents, Ardern told local media earlier in the day.

The global youth movement was kick-started past year by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who had refused to go to school in order to pressure her government to take more drastic climate action. "We can not teach on a dead planet". The letter calls for urgent action "to revive our dying soil, regenerate biodiversity and rebuild the ecosystems that sustain us".

"Students throughout history have been a critical driving force of social movements. Regarding global warming and climate change, students are taking what they have learned about science and civics and putting their education into action", said MTA President Merrie Najimy. "The students leading this movement have demonstrated courage in standing up to the powerful forces that want to protect the massive profits being made by maintaining the status quo".

With climate change threatening their future, they ask how adults can truly say that the world is their oyster.

"We appreciate the work our students are doing to engage in the political process and raise their voices to affect change, especially about the topic of environmentalism", said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. "The people who are in power now need to do this now".

Since Greta began her solo protest, it's estimated that more than 70,000 students around Europe and the world have joined her protest each week, in over 270 towns and cities.

I have been working with the Climate Leaders program to endorse the candidates that place a strong emphasis on climate change such as Oliver Yates of Kooyong and Zali Steggall of Warringah. In February, she told the Financial Times, "People tell me that they are so hopeful when they see me, and other children 'school-striking, ' and they say, 'Oh the children are going to save us.' But no, we aren't".

A Frome student said, "I am scared about the future of the planet".

They reminded that there is indisputable scientific evidence of climate change and human contribution to it, and drew attention to the need for immediate and determined action to mitigate its effects on the environment and humanity.

"Climate change is the biggest issue facing this generation, but the health and safety of all our students is our primary concern and we can not condone any unsupervised action". "We make it to Friday hundred?"

She hopes it will bring "awareness to my fellow young people about what the issue really is and how serious it is for our future". "Because if we don't get it, and no one does it for us, then we'll never get anything done".

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