Greens again encourage students to skip school to protest

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 13, 2019

He has been helping lead student strikes at the B.C. Legislature on the first Friday of every month, and he's also been involved in organizing the March 15 action, where he will be featured as a youth speaker.

The youth-led climate movement was started by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, who went on the first school strike in August 2018.

Greta is recognised around the world as a model for positive action and local students are gearing up to stage another strike for the climate this Friday in Byron Shire.

Young adults in Kelowna will be some of the thousands of youth skipping school and participating in an worldwide climate strike on Friday to protest political inaction concerning climate change.

Marlow Baines, one of the event's organizers, said students from at least seven Front Range high schools, as well as many at the University of Colorado Boulder, will walk out of classes at noon Friday.

When the world as we know it is being threatened by climate change, how can we sit at school and do nothing about it?
As many of us are not yet of voting age, we can often feel powerless in face of a government that will not listen to us.

How involved were you with the climate strike that happened at the end of previous year?

Students around the world are expected to skip school on March 15 in order to demonstrate against climate change, taking their cue from Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg whose weekly "school strike for climate" has won a global following.

Fellow co-organiser, Year 12 Coffs Harbour Senior College student Caitlin Zugajev, said adults are also being urged to join the rally.

"The open letter stresses that the efforts students are making in planning school strikes matter".

"These young people are learning in their schools about the danger of climate change ... and these kids are schooling us now", she said.

"It is important that normal process is followed if there was an absence on the day for the safety of the students, and to keep families informed of the actions of their children".

"Above all, it is a message that should unsettle us all into action - hope is not enough when the wellbeing and survival of the planet and those who inhabit it are at stake".

Can you tell us a little about how Climate Leaders started and what you aim to achieve through the initiative?

"I heard you guys are going to do a climate strike, and I am so proud of you guys", Ho-Shing said.

"Climate change is a really urgent issue and we've only got to 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate change. We want to thank and honour youth leadership in building this local, national and global movement at such a crucial time".

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