Students to join worldwide climate change protests

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 15, 2019

A Swedish schoolgirl climate change campaigner has been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian socialists.

That conversation is likely to get louder, with several USA presidential hopefuls planning to campaign on climate change.

Hundreds of WA students walked out of class this morning, joining young colleagues in nation-wide strike over inaction on climate change. "We need our Earth, we need a home, and we need a good place for the future generations to grow up in".

The main thing all the students emphasize is that climate change needs to be taken more seriously.

"A movement of deregulation, it really concerns me, because we can see the direct correlation between fossil fuel practices, carbon emissions, the greenhouse effect and climate change as a whole", said CU Boulder student Mike Jacobs.

Nine councils have now indicated in response to letters from Scottish Green MSPs that they won't pursue punitive action against young people taking part.

Teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg demonstrates with high school students against global warming at a Fridays for Future demonstration on March 01, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

"If you don't expose yourself to the science that's very clearly presented, then you're not going to try to understand what we are standing for", she says.

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

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

Zoe's father Nick Meeten, who attended in support of his daughter, said the strike was about the kids, not about the adults.

Children say they are walking out of school to bring greater attention to the impending crises that will have more of an impact on their generation than on those making current policy.

Marlborough Boys' College students heading the march around town.

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

"As a doctor, I can say it makes a big difference whether you've got a fever of 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) or 43 C (109.4 F)", said Eckart von Hirschhausen, a German scientist who signed the call supporting striking students.

"We're out to look after the planet, because it's the only one we've got", he said.

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