Why these Australian students will strike for climate change action - RN

Why these Australian students will strike for climate change action - RN

Why these Australian students will strike for climate change action - RN

Tens of thousands of children and young people are expected to take part in the next global climate strike which takes place this Friday, 15 March 2019, in nearly 100 countries worldwide and up to 100 locations across the UK.

This global strike was called by the 16-year-old schoolgirl Greta Thunberg who began striking outside the Swedish Parliament last August.

The movement, sparked by a single 16-year-old in Sweden, has gone global.

"Young people, in particular, have the right to feel angry about the future that we are about to leave them if we can not bring about a change that is proportionate to the magnitude of the threat".

Ahead of Friday's School Strike for Climate, we spoke to four young Australians about why they'll be taking to the streets.

"I don't know of any climate striker that genuinely wants to miss school".

Vivanco supports the strike but points out that most Burlington and Vermont legislators are progressive and are already doing work on climate change. "If you are a citizen of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, North America, or the Earth as a whole, this strike is for you", reads the Facebook event, titled Student Strike 4 Climate 2019. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. Thousands of students have followed her example ever since.

"I live in Western Sydney where the effects of climate change are also felt to quite an alarming degree", she says. The reason? A lack of action on climate change.

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", Greta, an invited speaker, told the global ruling class in Davos in January. Although there is not an organized strike at BHS, the environmental club, Leader in Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP), will have a petition for Vermont legislature encouraging them to have stronger policies on climate change. There are, however, a couple of things that make this action unique and different to what we have seen before.

"I have no idea what to expect", he said. "If nothing else, it's going to be the day when young people worldwide stand up as one and announce they're here to fight for their future", said the Climate Reality Project.

"I think [the strike] is important because one, they're using their voice and two, they're putting pressure on trying to get something done, and hopefully they can get something done".

Last month, more than 10,000 pupils across the United Kingdom sought their parents' permission and left classrooms in Glasgow, Leeds, Exeter, London and Brighton to join UK-wide climate strikes.

"In particular, young people have the right to be angry about the future we are leaving for them, if there is no urgent change in proportion to the magnitude of the threat".

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