Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Students around the world protest climate inaction

Students around the world protest climate inaction

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian Socialist Left MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP.

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He is helping organize a climate strike because he wants to ensure that future generations will experience the island's natural beauty and clean air.

She has even provided a template letter on the Facebook event page, Global Climate Strike, for those hoping to attend the protest to give to their schools.

At a press conference announcing the amicus brief, students from the climate lawsuits declared their intent to strike and echoed the sentiments of Villasenor, Thunberg and others: why go to school, when the jobs they're training for might not be around?

It was also great to see young people heading the strike, as it showed young people were willing to create change in the area, Leggett said.

On March 14, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.

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"I think a big reason why my mum and my dad are so supportive is that they've always pressed that as people who have privilege it is our job to speak out for people who do not", she says. "We need our Earth, we need a home, and we need a good place for the future generations to grow up in". In Scotland, protests are being staged in at least 18 locations, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Stirling, and as far afield as Ullapool, Fort William, South Uist, Orkney and Eigg.

In December, Greta addressed world policymakers at the United Nations climate summit in Poland.

Since then, tens of thousands of children across Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia have been inspired to hold their own demonstrations.

Omar's daughter, Isra Hirsi, 16, of Minneapolis, is spearheading the nationwide youth climate strike protests across the almost 50 states and Washington, DC., along with co-organizers Alexandria Villasenor, 13, of NY, and Haven Coleman, 12, of Denver. From there, they will all head to city hall and Province House.

It was believed to be the first local authority in Scotland to consider such actions as an "authorised absence from school".

The Scottish Greens claim nine councils have now indicated that pupils taking part in the protests will not face punishment.

While in Auckland, thousands of protestors made their voices heard. "It would be utterly wrong for them to be silenced through fear of punishment".

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