Students in 71 countries join worldwide climate strike


This global strike was called by the 16-year-old schoolgirl Greta Thunberg who began striking outside the Swedish Parliament last August.

The 16-year-old, who is autistic and selectively mute, added there would be no hope for tackling climate change as long as leaders only focussed on what was "political possible".

More than 40,000 people braved miserable conditions in Amsterdam on Sunday to protest against the Dutch government's action over climate change, organisers said.

Fed up with the lack of action by adults on climate change, students in 1301 protests in 99 countries around the world are planning to protest on March 15th and May 3rd to protest the failure of previous generations including those now in power to deal with the global existential problem of the 21st century, one that will have a greater impact on youth than any previous generation.

"I don't know of any climate striker that genuinely wants to miss school".

They come in the wake of a United Nations report which warned that limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, beyond which climate impacts become increasingly severe, requires unprecedented action. "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.

Being a member of the Student Climate Action Network and a graduate of the Student Climate Leadership Program run by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, I worked alongside numerous people to help organise and facilitate the day.

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In total, 1228 members of Finland's academic community including 141 professors and top scientists have signed a pledge of support for the striking students, as they take time off classroom studies to attend the protests.

"We are going to talk with them, listen to them, hear them, we have to, climate change is the challenge they are telling us it is". "The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again". I am frustrated about not learning enough about climate change in school. While led by young people themselves, there are plenty of parents, teachers and others supporting their action and involvement. There are, however, a couple of things that make this action unique and different to what we have seen before.

"I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future".

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. "I don't want you to be hopeful".

"This now means young people in Glasgow can act on their convictions for a better world without fear of sanction".

"What we do now needs to last to 2050 and beyond".

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