One Planet: March 15th International Day of Youth Climate Strikes

Birmingham students strike from school to protest lack of climate change awareness

Over the course of several months, the idea of the climate strike was born and I naturally knew I wanted to have a role to stress to our government the importance of action on climate change. This includes wildfires (such as the ones here devastated California this year), hurricanes in Puerto Rico, and extreme tornadoes in the Midwest.

Haven Coleman, a 12 - nearly 13 - year-old from Colorado, brought Thunberg's movement to the US.

Greenpeace praised the global protests, saying adults needed to learn a lesson. A student in Grade 7 demanded a "focus on fixing climate change".

Valentine's Day marked the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida. "Like, someone asked if climate change meant that the planet was warming or cooling after we'd watched a time-lapse [video] about the planet warming, like over 100 years turning completely orange".

They come in the wake of a United Nations report which warned that limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, beyond which climate impacts become increasingly severe, requires unprecedented action.

"I heard you guys are going to do a climate strike, and I am so proud of you guys", Ho-Shing said.

At 1 p.m., students flooded into downtown Kelowna's Kerry Park with signs urging politicians to take drastic action to cut carbon emissions and combat rising global temperatures. At the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, she sternly told world leaders, "I don't want you to be hopeful". Miss it, she says, "and you're pretty much screwed". To Noor, the "we" means youth. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and chair of the C40 group of cities said that it is truly inspiring to see such a young mind demanding urgent climate action.

Students gather outside the Birmingham Council House as part of global Climate Strike protests
Emily Lowes Students gather outside the Birmingham Council House as part of global Climate Strike protests

Regina's school strike for climate today was wonderful!

"I will be striking because if we don't take urgent action now, my future, among with the rest of my generations future, will be seriously damaged", she said.

The board of directors of the Massachusetts Teachers Association unanimously passed a motion supporting the strike, according to the union.

To support this International School Strike for Climate' there will be a drop-in workshop on 15th March, 9.00am-10.45 am at Frome Town Hall. Her 11-year-old son Simon said that the family have made changes in their lifestyle for a sustainable living.

Rollins admires the people who will strike but expects some students to use the day as an excuse to skip school. We must teach students more than just how to pass tests ...

Although Vivanco expresses support for the strike, she admits that she was not informed of it.

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