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Glasgow climate strikers will not face school punishment

13 March 2019

She's passionate about action on climate change and will help facilitate the strike, organising specifics including time, location and the schedule.

On Friday, March 15, in almost 1,000 cities and towns in at least 82 countries around the world, young people are planning a school strike.

The catalyst of the climate strikes has been Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden.

School students are expected to attend nationwide strikes in good numbers, as they ask politicians to treat climate change as a crisis.

Even though the youth might not be in power, BHS junior Wyatt Rollins is glad that young people are leading the climate movement.

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Year nine Toormina High School student Billie Denman is a co-organiser of the local event set to be held at Rotary Park.

"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".

"What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools", he said.

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.

High School and University students from Kelowna will be joining Thunberg and a reported 92 other countries across the world in the Global Climate Strike for Future demonstration when they walk "out of classes and [protest] inaction and apathy around climate change", read a statement from the Kelowna Youth Climate Strike Team.

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NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes had warned students and teachers against attending the rally saying, "the law is very clear, this is a notified school day, kids should be at school". However, she has concerns about students missing school for the strike.

"We have been overwhelmed with the volume and speed of responses to the open letter, over 1500 New Zealand researchers, academics and educators have signed the open letter in support of the School Strike 4 Climate movement in Aotearoa to stand in solidarity with rangatahi and their youth climate movement". What about the future of all life? We want to see someone that supports real action on climate change, and responds to the needs of our community.

She hopes it will bring "awareness to my fellow young people about what the issue really is and how serious it is for our future".

Awatere-Huata says she will be marching with them, and calling for an end to government inertia. "The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again".

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Glasgow climate strikers will not face school punishment