Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Students Worldwide Skip Class to Demand Action on Climate

Students Worldwide Skip Class to Demand Action on Climate

Climate change is important to kids because we will live with the effects the longest.

Schoolchildren in Cambridge have set up an eco-council to work together to learn about, and find solutions to, the climate and ecological crisis.

Hundreds of youngsters are planning to skip school to join a rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers are calling an worldwide Youth Climate Strike to seek action on climate change.

The movement began several months ago by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate change activist from Sweden who began cutting class every Friday to protest outside of Sweden's parliament until its lawmakers agree to the Paris Climate Accords.

Classrooms in capitals from Lagos to London are expected to be empty, as the ambitious organisers of the global student strike hoped to stage 1,000 demonstrations in more than 100 countries.

While the protest was to be composed primarily of university and CEGEP students, many high school students are expected to also join in, as well as some teachers.

The group, made up of youngsters from six high schools across the city, is expecting 500 to 600 pupils to join the strike at Holyrood.

Greta Thunberg, in August previous year, became the face of a "school strike" outside the Swedish parliament building.

"I just thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything to fight climate change", she told CBSN. "It is not enough to talk about how you're going to use the market to solve climate change".

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"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".

In Minnesota, students also gathered in Duluth and Rochester.

"There is not sufficient and effective policy to keep the UK's carbon targets below where they need to be", he said.

One of the photos shared by the 31-year-old featured a student holding a sign that read: "I am no longer accepting the things I can not change". "And equally they are not following the advice of the [United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] IPCC report that says we only have 12 years left for climate justice to be realistic".

Forman: We're hoping to impact the business leaders and politicians who refuse to accept the situation.

As she prepared to march through central Wellington to parliament, O'Regan said she was concerned that by the time she was raising a family the planet would be close to unlivable.

"We're protesting again because the reaction last time was not what we were looking for".

In Stockholm, Thunberg predicted that students won't let up their climate protests.

At a press conference announcing the amicus brief, students from the climate lawsuits declared their intent to strike and echoed the sentiments of Villasenor, Thunberg and others: why go to school, when the jobs they're training for might not be around?

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