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New Zealand PM Ardern backs students striking for climate action

13 March 2019

"If you are a citizen of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, North America, or the Earth as a whole, this strike is for you", reads the Facebook event, titled Student Strike 4 Climate 2019. "We can not teach on a dead planet".

Baines pointed to the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that leaders have just 11 years to take action to avoid catastrophic climate change, including the reduction of global carbon emissions to zero by 2050. In Massachusetts, they are taking place in several communities, including Boston, Amherst, Barnstable, and Great Barrington.

Specifically, Thunberg said she wants Sweden to adhere to the Paris Agreement, part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"Students throughout history have been a critical driving force of social movements".

Thousands of school children in Australia and New Zealand intend to skip school and protest on Friday as part of similar action by students worldwide taking their cue from 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. "The students leading this movement have demonstrated courage in standing up to the powerful forces that want to protect the massive profits being made by maintaining the status quo".

School students are expected to attend nationwide strikes in good numbers, as they ask politicians to treat climate change as a crisis. Her move has inspired many other young people to do the same.

He said the students wouldn't be sanctioned.

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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.

"I school striked for the climate".

Palmerston North Girls' High School principal Karene Biggs said five of her students requested to go.

A Frome student said, "I am scared about the future of the planet". However in the upcoming federal election, there are some beacons of hope for climate action.

Youth culture is said to be defined by its movements - from Rock Against Racism in 1970s Britain to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have swept through the US. But we encourage families to talk about their schools' policies on absences, as well as the importance of being respectful and constructive if they choose to participate in activities. The aim of Climate Leaders is to recruit even more of these kind of candidates - people who can represent young voices and deliver visionary climate policy.

"Now people are not debating whether we should do something. The science has been clear for a really long time, but we've never really faced the issue head on". "So, we've got to make sure the Government is doing something, now".

New Zealand PM Ardern backs students striking for climate action