New Zealand students walk out of class, kicking off global strike

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 15, 2019

"I think that what she stands for and how she takes it on board is very inspiring in that it's not all talk and we are trying to get action", Billie says.

With little action from the national government, time is running out, and many teens are fearful for both the present and future condition of the climate. "Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?"

"Many people [are losing] their homes and livelihoods".

While in Auckland, thousands of protestors made their voices heard.

It follows a similar protest in November, and was inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has been protesting outside of the Swedish parliament every Friday since September.

Meeten said it was important students took action, as kids could tell adults off.

"Everyone can do their little part of the world, look after it, and the at some stage the world will be handsome again, Meeten said".

Hirsi, who lists on Twitter page that she is the head of the Minnesota High School Democrats and several other left-wing youth-based organizations, said in a recent interview with Grist that she is looking to "change the conversation" on issues such as the Green New Deal by organizing the strike.

"We want our government to understand that there is no planet B", says Rand Abounahia, another one of the strike organizers.

But Environment Secretary Michael Gove backed the protesting children, saying in a video: "Dear school climate strikers, we agree".

Josie Law, also 14, from Edinburgh's Broughton High School, believes the protests are an effective way to make society heed the upcoming generation's concerns.

Marlborough Boys' College students heading the march around town.

Hynd said he had missed an English class for the strike, while Pinker-Meihana said he had missed a Chemistry class. The English Schools Foundation (ESF) said that it can not endorse an action that threatens to compromise student safety.

Gardener said he has been gathering support via word of mouth and the social media apps Snapchat and Instagram.

The latest strike is expected to be much larger than the first, held last month, when around 600 Scots were among around 15,000 youngsters across the United Kingdom who skipped school to protest.

"The flood we just had wasn't just a normal flood, it was a one-in-100-year event".

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