Why strike for climate change?

Muriel Hammond
March 14, 2019

In addition to the thousands of youth involved in the movement, environmentalists groups such as 350.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity, have partnered with students to offer their support.

Some Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) students have planned to walk out of their classes tomorrow, Friday, March 15, to advocate for stronger action on climate change and progress on a Green New Deal. Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can 'solve the climate crisis.' But the climate crisis has already been solved. "So if adults aren't going to act on their own, young people will make them", said Climate Reality Project in a Tuesday statement.

Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere-Huata said she had no qualms about encouraging schoolchildren to strike for action on climate change.

"Climate change affects the people that contribute the least to it."
"Educators everywhere should support this movement and nurture the leadership that students are showing around climate change".

"We recognise our role as a union in pushing for faster action on climate change".

When asked what New Zealand was doing not just at home, but in helping keep other nations accountable, she said that as a small, remote country with a small population base that was "not seen as an economic powerhouse", the government was "constantly looking for ways that we can make sure we're elevating issues of importance to us".

Over 1560 researchers, academics and educators have signed an open letter supporting the school strike.

Among the student demands are that the Government declares a climate emergency, communicates the severity of the ecological crisis to the general public and reforms the primary and post-primary educations systems to address the need for ecological literacy.

The global climate strike on March 15 is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement, which has been active around the world for months.

On social media, residents gave a mixed response to the idea of pupils missing school to attend the protest. We want our students to be politically aware and civically engaged.

"'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".

"I think [the strike] is important because one, they're using their voice and two, they're putting pressure on trying to get something done, and hopefully they can get something done".

"Now people are not debating whether we should do something".

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.

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