This was the crowd of 2000 students who gathered in Civic Square this morning before marching through the CBD to Parliament.
Student organisers of the 15 March climate change strikes were back for round two today, with students walking out of school not only in Wellington but also across the country.
The first nationwide school strike for climate action came to a halt on 15 March as news of the Christchurch mosque attacks spread. Organisers of today’s march say they’re ramping up their effort this time in a bid to get the government to act.
— David Tong (@Davidxvx) May 23, 2019 
— Melissa Clark-R (@HoneyBeeGeek) May 24, 2019 
It started with a faint, hopeful noise in the distance on lambton quay, and then it became clearer. "What is it we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? NOW." The next generation is back. In their thousands. #schoolstrike4climate  #ss4cnz  pic.twitter.com/yfjn5myhzn 
— Annaliese Johnston (@annaliesejohn) May 24, 2019 
RNZ reports that the Wellington students urged MPs to move the goal for net zero carbon emissions from 2050 to 2040. They also called for Parliament to declare a climate emergency. Strike leaders told the rally the world is in an emergency and political leaders need to act.
RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen said secondary school students told him that their schools and families were supportive of them being at the strike because they agreed it was such an important issue.
Massive turnout for the second student-organised strike for climate action. Police say 2000 left civic square… at least that have just turned up at Parliament pic.twitter.com/dIFy8TbAM1 
— Gia Garrick (@giaisonline) May 24, 2019 
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) May 24, 2019 
“What do we want? Evidence based decision making!” Spotted at the Climate Change Strike at the Beehive. pic.twitter.com/tGBKfvMTLr 
— NZ ChiefSciAdvisor (@ChiefSciAdvisor) May 24, 2019 
Awesome to tag-team it with @_chloeswarbrick  speaking about @NZGreens  climate action at the inspirational and massive Wellington #SchoolStrike4Climate  today pic.twitter.com/rSPWEeXam0 
— Gareth Hughes (@GarethMP) May 24, 2019 
The second round of climate change strikes have taken place with school and tertiary students in Wellington skipping classes to take part.
Thousands of students marched from Civic Square, through downtown Wellington to Parliament. pic.twitter.com/zwHXgB4kwz 
— RNZ (@radionz) May 24, 2019 
— School Strike 4 Climate NZ (@schoolstrike4c1) May 24, 2019