Area students skip school to call attention to climate change

16 March, 2019, 04:20 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Rachel Entin-Bell 13 protesting outside City Hall

"I am so empowered right now that so many youth showed up and everyone here cares about the same things I care about and we are fighting for our future and we are showing politicians and corporations that enough is enough and it's time for us to take back our future". "We are on strike because we do want a future".

More than 400 kids stood below her, wearing backpacks and letterman jackets and school sweaters.

"We made a part of history and I'm so happy that we could bring this strike to Ann Arbor", said Kokhar, a senior. She spoke about organising the strike as being a complex project, about networking with students from other schools to plan the event, and her involvement as part of a leadership group. Another waved a banner that said, "Reduce, reuse, recycle and resist". "No more oil! Keep our carbon in the soil!" as they called on federal and state legislators to invest in renewable energy and put IL on a path without emissions.

She said: "In 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday, and if I have children, they may celebrate this day with me".

Greater Victoria students join climate change marches taking place around the globe. This is causing average temperatures to rise - with consequences that range from more intense winter storms, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and ice caps, longer wildfire seasons, and changes in the ocean's chemistry.

SPEAKER: Climate change is a priority of our nation and of our world.

Yet the world has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees) since then and is on track for an increase of 4 degrees Celsius, which experts say would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet. She held a poster that read, "Roses are dead, violets are too!"

"We constantly work to develop curriculum and classroom programs that are relevant and meaningful to students and meet state academic standards", he said in a statement.

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Several hundred young people, mostly high school age, rallied at Federal Plaza shouting, "No more coal! We are young and unstoppable".

Many were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was just nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Charlie Abrams, a 15-year-old freshman at Cleveland High School, has been a climate activist since he was 11. "All I want is evidence-based politics".

"That's just No. 1, completely wrong".

In Madrid, some 4,500 young demonstrators hit the streets while another 2,000 gathered in Barcelona, police said.

"Imagine if their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles - people with the power to vote for change - were to make the same kind of effort", said John Sauven, head of Greenpeace UK.

Green party MLAs Steven Agnew and Clare Bailey wrote to post-primary schools in North Down and South Belfast encouraging them to allow pupils to participate in the strike.

This comment from Rebecca Pow for example, a British Conservative Party politician, comes in stark contrast to what we hear from Australian conservatives: "We get that it can feel like a challenge to get real change in Parliament".



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