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School strikers fill Civic Square, then march to Parliament

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Students gather in Civic Square this morning. Picture from Twitter

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Civic Square was packed this morning as striking students gathered in preparation for their march to parliament, protesting at lack of action on climate change.

Report from RNZ
At least 2000 spirited students and their supporters walked to Parliament this morning, demanding urgent action on climate change. The lawn in front of the Beehive was packed with young protesters and chants like, “No more coal, no more oil, keep your carbon in the soil” were surely reaching the politicians inside.

Thousands of school students from Russell to Invercargill were expected to take to the streets today, as part of a worldwide protest against climate change. The students want action to move the country off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy. They accuse the government of not doing enough to stop global warming, and they are taking the day off school to show how worried they are about their future.

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RNZ photo

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Wellington – School Strike 4 Climate
Join us at Civic Square at 10am on Friday to walk to Parliament down Lambton Quay to demand urgent action on climate change. We are taking control of the conversation around our future.

There will be speakers, activities and chanting! Let’s show the world we won’t stand for no more inaction on the environment.

We demand that the New Zealand Government do more now to hold global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

We encourage you to bring food for a picnic lunch on Parliament grounds during the strike.

James Shaw meets students planning strike

Media release from Carys Gibbs
Wairarapa college students from St Matthews, Rathkeale, Makoura, Solway and Wairarapa college will come together at 9am this Friday at the Masterton town square to make a stand and demand the government do more to halt climate change. Wairarapa Organiser Carys Gibbs says “Climate change affects everyone, as the next generation it will be us that have to deal with the severe consequences. By coming together as a community, we can affect change, which needs to start now.”

“The Government are simply not doing enough; it’s a time sensitive issue that needs addressing now, for tomorrow.”

The idea for the strike came from kids in Central Victoria, Australia, who are worried about climate change and tired of our politicians not doing anything about it. They were inspired by 15 year old Swedish student Greta who went on strike in August 2018 and strikes with other school students in Sweden every Friday.

We demand that the New Zealand Government do more now to hold global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In our country, this could look like:

Passing an ambitious and effective Zero Carbon Act that gives New Zealand a coherent long term plan to get to carbon neutrality by 2050.
Keeping the effect of global warming and its consequences for all living things on this planet in mind when making decisions for the future;
The paths to reaching our emission targets being fast tracked, well planned and transparent so the New Zealand public is aware that progress is being made and can hold the Government to account;
Ceasing all exploration and extraction of more fossil fuels immediately. We already have more in our reserves than we can afford to burn to avoid catastrophic climate change. We need to invest in renewable energy alternatives now.
Regulating emissions from agriculture, which account for almost half of our emissions, and for which there is currently no plan.

More information is available on the www.schoolstrike4climatenz.com or search Masterton Schools Strike for Climate Change on Facebook

Academics support school strikers

2 comments:

  1. Children's Commissioner, 12. March 2019, 19:24

    Children & young people taking part in Friday’s climate strike are not potential adults in waiting whose views don’t count yet. Neither do they need adult permission to have a mind of their own or to give it voice. [via twitter]

     
  2. Elaine Hampton, 15. March 2019, 13:10

    Good on them, precious little action from my generation

     

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