Washington students will skip school Friday for youth climate strike

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After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives.

Tens of thousands of teen demonstrators are going to skip school for an global climate change strike.

The Swedish teen is the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement that began with her cutting school in August 2018 in order to protest for increased action on climate change.

Tens of thousands of high school students are planning on ditching school this Friday March 15.

Borrowing a page from the youth activist playbook put to wide use past year, when students across the country walked out of school and called for increasing gun restrictions, Din and other students across the country hope a strike from school will focus attention on their demands for immediate action to address climate change.

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Thirteen-year-old Aoife Powell, who is in her first year of secondary school, is determined to attend the Dublin protest.

Thunberg had said: "You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular". Student organizers say that they will continue to skip school every Friday until leaders take "appropriate emergency action" on climate change. "We need to drive systematic change", she said.

In Belgium, thousands of workers will be striking to join the school students' protest in locations such as Antwerp, Bruges and Liège, before travelling to Brussels for a large demonstration. People did die, are dying and will die because of it, but we can and will stop this madness'.

Greta Thunberg, 16, has inspired children across Europe to swap pens for placards in recent months. I hope so. Everyone talks about the climate now.

The rival CSC Christian trade union is also planning a "massive mobilisation", although some of its workers can not strike because of a strike notification law. For the full story, see today's Derry News and for further details about the strike visit Facebook pages Global Climate Strike on https://www.facebook.com/events/527367707792369/?ti=cl&_mref=mb and Youth Strike 4 Climate Derry.