THOUSANDS of young climate-change activists in at least 71 countries will skip school on Friday, March 15 in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history. Climate change impacts our members' work and workplaces, and we know that work practices also impact the climate.
Activists in the US are making similar demands that are found in Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: a swift transition to 100 percent renewable energy, a complete abolition of fossil fuels and other environmental mandates.
"The message of Sweden's Greta Thunberg that "grown-ups have failed us" has been resonating around the world and we at the PSA support young people and citizens of Aotearoa in taking strong action this week".
In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister condemned the climate strike as wasteful of teachers' time.
"We, the undersigned members of the academic community, want to show our support for students who are striving for climate change and for all those who stand for the future of our planet" says the letter of support. There is a lot of talk about climate change being a serious issue but it is not visible in concrete actions.
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The rally, following on from the first held in November, is calling on politicians to take urgent action on climate change and Adani's Queensland coal mine.
The global climate strike on March 15 is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement, which has been active around the world for months.
That's because world leaders only have 11 more years to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, according to a 2018 report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We might amend Mead's observation to honor a group of thoughtful, committed teenagers across the world who are standing up for their lives (and their future lives) in extraordinarily powerful and moving ways. However, she has concerns about students missing school for the strike. I wish we could live in a country where I could go to school every day with the reassurance that my government was taking care of me and my future. "Now we will make our voices heard". Coordinated protests have taken place in Australia, Switzerland, Germany, the US, Canada and Japan. "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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Pupil Zak Rudin said they wanted to push Government into action, which included moving away from fossil fuels and agriculture more quickly. Her move has inspired many other young people to do the same.