Students to join worldwide climate change protests

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

"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 MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP news agency.

It's the second global youth strike for climate, with children turning out in 50 countries.

"We don't want to strike", the 14-year-old said.

A United Nations report released this week blames climate change, population growth, pesticides, plastics pollution and water contaminated with hormone-changing chemicals for killing millions of people every year.

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"That's what we're trying to do: Change the conversation not only about things like the Green New Deal but so much more".

Thunberg told CBSN that when she heard the new she didn't know how to react. Other petitions also have offered scientists' support for youth climate protests.

The demonstrations attracted mixed reactions from politicians
The demonstrations attracted mixed reactions from politicians

Thousands of pupils are expected to walk out of lessons at schools and colleges across the country amid growing concern about the escalating climate crisis.

Create a department within the Environment Bureau where a group of people are explicitly charged with overseeing climate action, with the inclusion of a 'Climate Action Officer.' We believe that establishing such a role and group in charge will give climate change the attention it deserves and drive bigger climate initiatives. "It makes total sense that they are starting to speak out".

"I don't think any student is going to miss out on their career because they missed a few hours of school today", he said.

In Denver, 12 year-old Haven Coleman is a co-founder and co-director of the organization planning the first school strikes in the U.S.

We urge you and the Government of HKSAR to do more than what is now proposed in the 2030+ Climate Action Plan. They wrote letters to members of Congress and painted a yellow cloth banner that reads, 'It's our future'.

Volker Quaschning, a professor of engineering at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences, said it was easy for politicians to belittle students. Regina's Ada Dechene says Thunberg inspired her to get involved in the fight against climate change.

"I support Holly in her weekly strikes because it is clear that she also understands the seriousness of what we are facing and what the future holds for her and her generation if governments do not take urgent action very soon". Some targeted President Emmanuel Macron, who sees himself as the guarantor of the Paris climate accord but is criticized by activists for being too business friendly and not ambitious enough in efforts to reduce French emissions.

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