Australian, NZ students kick off global climate change strike

The New Jersey students have formed a coalition called the NJ Youth Climate Strike to organize its efforts.

The protestors have been inspired by teenager Greta Thunberg, who protests every Friday outside Sweden's parliament to urge leaders to tackle climate change.

According to the Nobel Institute, 304 individuals and organisations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Willetton Senior High School student Ryan Hunt, 13, said he was striking to save the world.

"ESF students - at all levels - are encouraged to understand, analyse and tackle issues that affect their school, their community and their planet".

"We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict", parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard said. "I think the timing and the concept must have been right", she told New Scientist Thursday.

A poll published Friday by German public broadcaster ZDF found that 67 percent of respondents backed the students' protests during school hours, with 32 percent opposed.

Gardener said he has been gathering support via word of mouth and the social media apps Snapchat and Instagram.

"There is not sufficient and effective policy to keep the UK's carbon targets below where they need to be", he said. "We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis", the mission statement of the movement declares. Students in more than 80 countries and territories skipped class in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming.

The strikes are not centrally organized, but numerous global strikes are listed on #FridaysForFuture, the movement Thunberg built to continue the call for climate action.

"We're protesting again because the reaction last time was not what we were looking for". Youth worldwide will bear the brunt of climate change: The widely cited report that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released past year details the urgency of decarbonizing the economy in the next decade at the risk of widespread and disastrous planetary heating and sea-level rise.

If you could tell adults and people in charge one thing about climate change, what would it be?

However, when the Listener asked if parents and grandparents should march over climate change inaction, respondents were less enthusiastic, with 28% and 37% respectively saying no, and 32% and 27% saying they were not sure.

You have failed us in the past.

"We know that most politicians don't want to talk to us".

Our futures are at stake.

Movement organizers are also pushing for a national emergency declaration for climate change. In Berlin more than 20,000 protesters gathered downtown, waving signs with slogans such as "March now or swim later" and "Climate Protection Report Card: F", before marching through the capital's government quarter. Possibilities for renewable energies could include solar panels or biomass.

  • Carolyn Briggs