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Global climate strikes start Friday. Here's what you should know

19 September 2019

Our kids get it: While schools and parents wring their hands and debate over issuing "excused absences" for missed classes, they have ignored the fact that the surge of carbon emissions a year ago increasingly renders a bleak future.

School districts throughout the state are responding in various ways.

In Fall River, meanwhile, absences related to the strike will not be excused. "Organizations, especially public organizations, have to do what they have to do". The #FridaysforFuture school strikes are arguably the most dedicated and sustained direct action in a generation.

Numerous universities have taken the same stance with their students, with some Sydney cohorts - including the University of Notre Dame and Sydney University - even complaining about "politically unfair" pressure from academic staff to attend the strike. Robinson said he's encouraging students to stay in class as teachers focus discussion about climate change. We invite staff to do this at lunchtime but recognise this may not be possible for everyone. "Go for it, ' we would be criticized for letting students out of class".

UK Student Climate Network projected messages on landmarks including parliament promoting the strike
UK Student Climate Network projected messages on landmarks including parliament promoting the strike

Armenta added that principals have been told to tell students that they do not have permission to leave campus and that if students choose to participate in a walkout, the district can't ensure their safety once they leave school.

Woodier said: "We need ambitious plans - like a Green New Deal - that will tackle climate breakdown while making our societies more equal. One way or another, we have to change". Students will meet outside of Ashland High School at 10:30 a.m. and march to the plaza together. "Because if everyone was driving a vehicle that's at least 20 times the amount of fuel that's being exhausted into the air per bus", said Goodwin. The council passed a resolution, unanimously, stating students should not be penalized for their participation. If you can not participate, please feel free to take a break at a different time of the day.

Greta has since given a speech at the UN Climate Conference in Katowice and brought global media attention to school strikes for climate change. But conversations about climate change still appeal to authorities for answers - whether calling for politicians to act, or for people to listen to scientists. New York City recently announced that all public school students will be permitted to attend the strike without penalization, per the New York Times.

University of Oregon Student Eloise Parish Mueller is helping to organize the Eugene event.

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"I think it was Mark Twain who stated that he wasn't going to let schooling get in the way of his education".

"When people tell me I'm too young to be doing this, that I don't know enough, it's nearly like saying my future doesn't matter as much as theirs", said Olivia Gonzales, a 15-year-old sophomore at the Public Academy for Performing Arts and policy coordinator with Fight for Our Lives.

Guelph will be holding a local event as part of the worldwide Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20.

"We democratically decided on these demands in line with the school strike demands: A just transition to climate jobs, 100 per cent publicly-owned renewable energy by 2030 and no new fossil fuels or nuclear, including Adani", the email said.

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Local student activists have planned walkouts and rallies in Medford, Ashland, and Phoenix.

Some adults also planned to walk out of work and join the march.

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Global climate strikes start Friday. Here's what you should know