Students worldwide skip class to demand action on climate

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg Daniel Reinhardt

One day before the Youth Climate Strike, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has been given something else to celebrate.

The Malta University students council (KSU) is rallying students from the University of Malta to march towards Parliament in Valletta, joining thousands of students and youths in 92 other countries to demand that governments, authorities and stakeholders take the necessary action to halt climate change.

In her interviews Greta comes across as blunt, honest and very smart. For her, the takeaway isn't the fact that children are protesting, but why young people have taken to the streets: "They talk about our age, our looks and so on".

I think it is exciting to be part of a global movement. Now is one of those moments.

Tomorrow we #schoolstrike for our future.

Another, directed at Alabama's pro-life legislators, read "You fight so hard for us to have babies".

Today's protest, which will be mirrored by young activists around the world, is slated to be even bigger.

Omar says she shares the same passion as her daughter for action on climate change, which has helped propel the Green New Deal onto the national stage.

"We need to cause an uproar", said Maya Sprenger-Otto, an organizer and student at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, addressing a crowd of several hundred teens on the Capitol steps. "If you can´t give us that (fresh air and water), you will not get our votes". "I think that's the main thing". "We are leading the movement and pushing politics". The group says they will likely all face unexcused absences, or if their parents choose to call in, excused absences. It could have been turned around in the past, but the people in power didn't do it. "But obviously as teachers they're not allowed to condone us striking school".

That was Greta speaking to European Union politicians earlier this year.

Forman: We're hoping to impact the business leaders and politicians who refuse to accept the situation. That is next year. "I want you to feel the fear that I feel every day". "Unite behind the science".

"This is young people taking the reins and realising that they do have people power, that's really awesome", Abigail O'Regan, 20, told AFP in the New Zealand capital. It is the media too. That said, it's unclear why Greta's nomination was announced.

The strikes and rallies are scheduled in all but a few states (along with others around the world.) They come as public concern about climate change is up, apparently driven by more extreme weather events, and a series of reports on the increasingly dire consequences of the warming climate. But Homo sapiens have not yet failed. "We are the last generation that can fix this". We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people.

He said the students should be in school, and if they wanted to engage in political activism it should be on their own time. "Now is the time to speak clearly".

More than 1000 school pupils have turned out for the protest in Edinburgh. Because if we stop, we're just surrendering to extinction.

"I would say my teachers' response has been neutral". So that I can solve the climate crisis.

"All we have to do is to wake up and change".

Thousands marched through central London with banners reading "The future is in our hands" and "We're missing lessons to teach you one". And what is the point of any facts in the school system when the most important facts given by the finest scientists of that school system clearly mean nothing to our politicians and our society.

"When I saw that (Fridays for Future) was planning to have an inaugural protest in the USA on March 15th, I sent out a message to a few friends to see if they wanted to organize a student strike in Bellingham", Gardner said in an email.

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