Youth protest climate change in worldwide school strike

16 March, 2019, 02:28 | Author: Donnie King
  • Rachel Entin-Bell 13 protesting outside City Hall

"We need to get involved and show the government that we can't just stand back while we basically have 11 years left to save the planet and save ourselves", said Max Sherman, a De La Salle High School senior who took Metro Transit to the rally along with about 80 of his peers. "We are not going to accept this". In Berlin more than 20,000 protesters gathered downtown, waving signs with slogans such as "March now or swim later" and "Climate Protection Report Card: F", before marching through the capital's government quarter.

While the school discusses climate change in classes a lot, the students were keen to take part in some direct action - though they were concerned about the impact missing lessons would have on their school record, he said. "We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize or properly address our climate crisis".

The demonstration comes after thousands of young people across the United Kingdom took part in a Youth Strike 4 Climate march in February, this time joined by their peers in more than 100 countries around the world from Spain and Germany to Japan, Nepal and Mauritius. The measures include a law to require action that would limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a shift away from fossil fuels and investment in post-carbon renewable energy.

More than 220 demonstrations were held across Germany.

"Greta Thunberg was blocked from addressing this Parliament because she speaks truth to power". We, young people, have made a decision to act for our future.

"We are the generation that will help bring this movement, that started generations ago, to the national stage".

"My head of year said no this time but I think it is more important to come". In Europe, students packed streets and squares in Paris, Madrid, Rome, Brussels and other cities for the "Fridays for Future" protests. More than 10,000 marched through Lausanne, Switzerland, and thousands more through Zurich.

Some politicians praised the students. Thailand is one of the world's worst marine plastic polluters.

Students who walked out in Japan Friday sang songs and others held signs with messages like "Save Our Planet" and "We Only Have One Earth", to support new action to fight man-made environmental warming.

The group was later invited to meet officials at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in two weeks.

"It's spread so far, I think it's absolutely incredible, and it just shows how much climate change does need to be addressed and how unsatisfied we are with what's now going on", she said.

The group mobilized participants via social media.

This comment from Rebecca Pow for example, a British Conservative Party politician, comes in stark contrast to what we hear from Australian conservatives: "We get that it can feel like a challenge to get real change in Parliament".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern supported the strikes, saying teenagers should not wait for voting age to use their voices. "But more importantly, we are leading the movement in changing public will".

Dan Tehan, Australia's education minister, said: "For action on issues that they think is important, they should do that after school or on weekends".

And they're being considerably more vocal than our own Environment Minister Melissa Price, who has been pretty much MIA on the issue since she was appointed to the role previous year. "This is the greatest issue of our time".



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