Ilhan Omar's Daughter Leading Climate Change School Walkouts in U.S.

"We don't want to strike", the 14-year-old told AAP.

Thunberg's protests have inspired a global movement.

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten says the government has been on strike from climate policy since it has been in power.

Despite gaining an worldwide spotlight, the strike is not a top priority for Burlington High School (BHS) students.

"We need to stop using so much coal and oil and stop producing so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere", Liam said.

Scientists warn the impacts of climate change are already deadly and damaging.

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.

Thunberg has nearly 250,000 followers on Twitter where her movement carries the hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #SchoolStrike4Climate.

"We love learning, that's important for them to know". To Noor, the "we" means youth.

Some politicians and school leaders criticised young people for taking part in the education strike on 15th February, but their action was backed by other MPs, academics and environmental campaigners.

"Obviously, this isn't going to happen right off the bat, but it needs to start somewhere", she said.

Jacqueline Kohler, a chemistry teacher at BHS believes that addressing climate change is crucial in the social landscape today.

"Our students are demonstrating leadership and passion when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change, and they deserve our full support", Ostrow said, according to a written statement from the union.

Kohler supports youth activism and says it encourages society to understand issues and make intelligent decisions that will benefit humankind.

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.

"Many people like to think climate change is a problem we will have to worry about in the far future", she said. The strike itself is expected to take an hour or less, with students who need to catch buses having to leave in time to make their transport.

Christchurch secondary schools have threatened to mark students truant if they attend without their parents' permission but schools in other regions like Nelson have backed the event.

I am looking forward to standing in solidarity with the young people taking part in the Student Strike this week.

Harriet hopes the prime minister calls a climate emergency and says she will feel bad if he again condemns their actions.

  • Carolyn Briggs