Why strike for climate change?


Young climate activists are hoping to spark a widespread dialogue about climate change, following in the footsteps of their peers in Parkland, Florida, who led a national conversation about gun control after a mass shooting at their school.

Valentine's Day marked the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Vivanco supports the strike but points out that most Burlington and Vermont legislators are progressive and are already doing work on climate change. Ten days later, the March for Our Lives drew over a million people from around the country to Washington to rally for safe schools and gun control.

Along with students all over the world, Madison area high school students are planning to walk out of class on Friday to protest inaction on climate change.

"In Jacinda Ardern, we have a Prime Minister who has identified climate change as her generation's "nuclear free moment" and the urgency that that statement implies is particularly relevant to the students who will be taking to the streets on Friday".

She said that it is "kind of sad" that students have to take it upon themselves to push for policy changes "to ensure that our future is protected". The movement is notable in that it is being led by teenage girls.

"When I saw this was happening, I was like "okay, gotta make a banner", she said.

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With climate change threatening their future, they ask how adults can truly say that the world is their oyster. She said the action is meant to put the spotlight on an issue that impacts all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

Recently, TED posted Greta's TEDxStockholm talk which she gave in November.

If you're thinking about joining a strike but are anxious about the consequences you might face from your school, the American Civil Liberties Union has a guide to student rights during walkouts and protests. Some people say that I should be in school instead. "All we have to do is to wake up and change".

"So think about how many more long-term net jobs will be created by transitioning to a 100 percent renewable economy", she said. Now they are just debating how fast or what we need to do.

"We need to use our voice for us, but for all of our Pacific neighbours too".

"The youth of our world are calling for our politicians, parents, family, the older generations to stand with us", Baines said, "because we want a future, we want to have children".