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Swedish student Greta's climate 'school strike' goes global

Swedish student Greta's climate 'school strike' goes global

Hawke's Bay co-organiser and Taradale High School student Charlie Mudgway believes it is a chance for the student body to make their voices heard - and striking sent a "really powerful message".

Students around the world are expected to skip school on March 15 in order to demonstrate against climate change, taking their cue from Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg whose weekly "school strike for climate" has won a global following.

Tens of thousands of children and young people are expected to take part in the next global climate strike which takes place this Friday, 15 March 2019, in nearly 100 countries worldwide and up to 100 locations across the UK. "They are children, pupils and students telling all of the adults in all parties to get their act together and do more about climate change because it is their future that is in jeopardy", Mr Varadkar said.

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. She said the action is meant to put the spotlight on an issue that impacts all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

"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. To Noor, the "we" means youth. And on Friday, March 15, young people are planning to strike.

"We are the first generation to experience the impacts of climate change and the last generation who will be able to do anything about it", he said.

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

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They reminded that there is indisputable scientific evidence of climate change and human contribution to it, and drew attention to the need for immediate and determined action to mitigate its effects on the environment and humanity.

Kohler supports youth activism and says it encourages society to understand issues and make intelligent decisions that will benefit humankind. However, she has concerns about students missing school for the strike.

American teen Kate Anchondo, who is organizing a school strike in San Diego, California, said: "I am anxious, and angry that we let it get this far".

Vivanco acknowledges that missing school is bad, but reasons that one day of school is small compared to the future which she could be protesting for.

"Now people are not debating whether we should do something". And then on the second day, people started joining me. "And what is the point of education if there's not going to be a livable Earth?"

Although Vivanco expresses support for the strike, she admits that she was not informed of it.