'March Now Or Swim Later': Students Skip Class For Global Climate Strike

Geraldine Edwards
March 16, 2019

The global strike for climate action, also called "Fridays for Future" is taking place in countries all over the world, including more than 55 cities and towns across Canada, according to the organizer of the Vancouver event, Sustainabiliteens.

In Utah County, students from Mountain View, Timpview, Timpanogos, Orem and Skyridge high schools plan to host a Youth Climate Strike on the steps of the Provo Historic Courthouse Friday.

"But this is a crisis and we need to start treating it as such", they said in a statement.

"Vote for people who believe that 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is possible and are determined to make it happen", said Hirsi.

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Many protesters in Berlin took aim at politicians such as the leader of Germany's pro-business Free Democratic Party, Christian Lindner, for suggesting that complicated issues such as climate change were "a matter for professionals" not students.

Nelson College for Girls head student and strike coordinator Josephine Ripley said this generation would "inherit effect of inaction. and we are scared".

"The oceans are rising, and so are we", shouted Banuri, co-founder of Utah Youth Environmental Solutions.

"Here in France, we have already been striking every Friday for four weeks".

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Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, fueled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students' lifetime. Last September, she began a solo protest outside of the Swedish Parliament that led to her heading a climate change march of thousands of students through Brussels.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Thunberg was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. How can we just go on living our normal lives and doing business as usual when our leaders are doing nothing?

Supporting the kids: The 62-year-old wrote on Instagram: "You know the world has changed coz (sic) we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were amazing". During the takeover, Guardian US will display its strongest recent climate change coverage from Guardian correspondents and columnists around the world.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian Socialist Left MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP. We, young people, have chose to act for our future. The coverage began last night with our colleagues in Australia and will include reports from correspondents in Thailand, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain, the United States and many more throughout the day.

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Students spent about two hours outside City Hall in Moncton, voicing their concerns about climate change. She speaks truth to power about the climate crisis with stunning clarity, devastating frankness and remarkable intelligence.

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