Teachers Union Backs Youth Climate Strike

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One of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting has given a shout-out to the organisers of the School Strike 4 Climate rally, calling on young people to fight for the issues they're passionate about.

The move - revealed in a letter from council chief Annemarie O'Donnell to Glasgow's Green MSP Patrick Harvie - represents a shift in the council's message from before the last youth climate strike.

Students will gather outside the Palmerston North City Council Building on Friday from 9am to 12pm and march around The Square at 11am.

"We recognise, as adults, researchers and as educators, that it is important to respect youth leadership and stand with young people as allies, but not in front".

On Friday, March 15, in almost 1,000 cities and towns in at least 82 countries around the world, young people are planning a school strike.

"Curriculum for Excellence calls on young Scots to be responsible citizens".

CLIMATE action continues to be a big issue for Australians in the lead-up to the state and federal polls.

"This now means young people in Glasgow can act on their convictions for a better world without fear of sanction". In February, she told the Financial Times, "People tell me that they are so hopeful when they see me, and other children 'school-striking, ' and they say, 'Oh the children are going to save us.' But no, we aren't".

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Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere-Huata said she had no qualms about encouraging schoolchildren to strike for action on climate change.

Misky Noor, another BHS junior, expressed her disapproval of current politics surrounding climate change.

"It is unusual for such a wide range of experts to agree on a common cause, but when it comes to climate change we all acknowledged that we need to listen to the voices of young people and take urgent action".

Rollins admires the people who will strike but expects some students to use the day as an excuse to skip school.

She says the world is essentially in meltdown, and the impact of a few hours off school pales in comparison to the likely impact of climate change on the lives of today's children.

"When I saw this was happening, I was like "okay, gotta make a banner", she said. It was created by a group of strikers as a follow-up to the climate strike, as we wanted to make a difference, not only through protest but also through the electoral system. Now they are just debating how fast or what we need to do.

Our current politicians aren't listening, so we want to recruit candidates across the country to run for us and the climate.

Living in Warringah and being passionate about reversing climate change has always been hard due to our current member consistently denying government policy on the issue.

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