Madison Students Plan to Join International Climate Strike

Clark Diaz
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.

On Friday, students all over the world are planning to skip school and take part in a strike to demand climate change action from their governments.

"The UK has been relatively shielded from the effects of the crisis so far, but those least responsible for contributing to climate change are already suffering the worst effects".

Liam Thomalla has hand-painted signs to use in the Sunshine Coast School Strike 4 Climate on Friday
Liam Thomalla has hand-painted signs to use in the Sunshine Coast School Strike 4 Climate on Friday. Ten Little Pieces

Organisers are demanding Australia adopt 100% renewable energy by 2030, no new investments in coal and that the Adani coalmine be stopped immediately. The protest actions are based on the school strike of Thunberg, which had begun in August 2018, in order to demonstrate in front of the Parliament in Stockholm for a stronger commitment of Sweden against climate change. They're both working toward a greener future, but they said looming over these positive changes is a global problem: climate change. Early this week, Hirsi tweeted about the importance of recognizing that indigenous leaders, not young white students, have been leading climate activism long before these hashtags. Industry groups in Colorado have said recent moves to limit oil and gas production, a major contributor to climate pollution, would cost the state millions in tax revenues and jobs.

When asked if she would encourage students to strike on Friday, Ms Ardern said she would like to hear their view "on what they would want to do".

"I think the most fun thing is to watch all the pictures around the world of hundreds of thousands of children school striking for the climate", Thunberg told Reuters. However, she has concerns about students missing school for the strike.

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"Too often we make this assessment that to make an impact we have to be of voting age. The real power belongs to the people", Thunberg said. "Their future depends on it; and so does ours", the letter said.

On social media, residents gave a mixed response to the idea of pupils missing school to attend the protest.

Our current politicians aren't listening, so we want to recruit candidates across the country to run for us and the climate. The letter calls for urgent action "to revive our dying soil, regenerate biodiversity and rebuild the ecosystems that sustain us".

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Living in Warringah and being passionate about reversing climate change has always been hard due to our current member consistently denying government policy on the issue.

Richard Andrews, who shared the poster online, said: "The young people of the world are in danger of having a future blighted by starvation, droughts and war and possibly extinction of the human race".

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