Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Student Led Global Climate Change Protests

PROTEST School students teachers and parents rallied for action on climate change in November last year PROTEST School students teachers and parents rallied for action on climate change in November last year. Jayden Whaites
Cary Marshall | 13 March, 2019, 10:28

Thunberg is famous for repeatedly skipping school on Fridays to sit at Riksdag, the legislative building of Sweden, to protest Sweden's lack of discussion on climate change policy.

This follows the massive climate strike in December a year ago, inspired by Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, who sparked a global movement by camping out outside of the Swedish Parliament every Friday.

Max Prestigiacomo of Middleton High School and Sophie Guthier of Memorial High School are two of the students planning the strike.

Last month, more than 10,000 pupils across the United Kingdom sought their parents' permission and left classrooms in Glasgow, Leeds, Exeter, London and Brighton to join UK-wide climate strikes.

The organizers of #Friday forfuture want to make on Friday so comprehensive global school strikes for the climate on the legs as never before.

Since Greta began her solo protest, it's estimated that more than 70,000 students around Europe and the world have joined her protest each week, in over 270 towns and cities.

Youth and global speakers, as well as folk-activist musician Luke Wallace, will be opening the event at the Legislature beginning at 12 p.m. Students will then take to the streets at 1 p.m.to block traffic at Fort and Douglas Street, where many of Canada's big banks, which continue to invest in fossil fuels, are located.

"A lot of politicians are informed but they're not doing anything about it, even when they have the power to do something and we don't", Noor said. The world's children are reminding us that we have a big debt to repay and an earth to fix and restore.

"These young people understand the dire threat the Earth is facing, and they are calling for realistic and reasonable responses to the crisis", said MTA Vice President Max Page.

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"It's being addressed by people who are the last people who can change it and the people who are being affected by it the most", he said.

Jacqueline Kohler, a chemistry teacher at BHS believes that addressing climate change is crucial in the social landscape today.

Seventeen-year-old Jamie Margolin, the founder and executive director of Zero Hour, a group organizing the USA protests for the International Day of Action planned for March 15, told BuzzFeed that climate activism has given young women a chance to be heard.

Kohler supports youth activism and says it encourages society to understand issues and make intelligent decisions that will benefit humankind.

A small number of parents had contacted Yeatman, but they were not in support of students missing class for the strike.

"'There aren't very many spaces that I can be in charge of, and what I'm going to say is going to be heard, ' Margolin said".

"We applaud the strong leadership shown by young people in advocating for a safe and healthy future for everyone".

I have been a part of the committee of climate strikers organising the specifics of the day include time, location and run schedule.

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