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Thousands of students walk out of school in strike on climate change

Thousands of students walk out of school in strike on climate change

He said: "I've been aware of the issues surrounding climate change for a long time but didn't realise the seriousness of the situation".

Schoolchildren in Cambridge have set up an eco-council to work together to learn about, and find solutions to, the climate and ecological crisis.

The student climate strikes were spurred by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old girl from Sweden who started taking every Friday off school to call for more rapid action by her country's leaders.

Friday's student "strike" in the Twin Cities was part of a wave of youth-led climate demonstrations across the globe.

"Students leaving school during school hours to protest is not something that we should encourage", he told public radio.

"If you're panicked right now, good", the Washtenaw International High School student said Friday, March 15 during the Washtenaw County Climate Strike on the University of Michigan Diag.

"We love learning, that's important for them to know".

The Swedish 16-year-old is an inspirational yet unlikely leader of weekly school strikes that have gained momentum worldwide.

"A movement of deregulation, it really concerns me, because we can see the direct correlation between fossil fuel practices, carbon emissions, the greenhouse effect and climate change as a whole", said CU Boulder student Mike Jacobs. "No such thing", called out a voice from the van, expressing disbelief that climate change poses any problem at all.

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

"We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation - especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities are already disproportionately impacted by climate change".

In Hong Kong, activists dressed up as polar bears and sharks to highlight the damage done to the environment by climate change.

"We're protesting again because the reaction last time was not what we were looking for".

In New Zealand, strike organizers said they were pleased after a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, saying they believed their government would take positive steps.

"If you're in fear, good".

"I do not like the symbolism of sacrificing education to make political points", says Scott Segal, a partner at the law firm Bracewell, which represents energy companies.

Her friend Bea said: "I really don't care what consequences they give us, it's more important that we fight for our future".

Millie Manners, who also made the trip to Canterbury from Dover after being given permission to miss biology, says that "if there's no planet, then there's won't be any lessons to go to into the future anyway". "It's imperative that leaders and legislators in this Capitol recognize our deep concern for climate change".


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