Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Portland Students Prepare for Worldwide Climate Strike

Portland Students Prepare for Worldwide Climate Strike

It all began with the actions of one Swedish school girl, Greta Thunberg, who 8 months ago began her weekly protests outside the Swedish parliament.

"I think environmental education should be mandatory from elementary school", said 15-year-old high school student Bang Tae-ryung. Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action. "Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?"

Pupils across Scotland are expected to walk out of lessons later in a bid to raise awareness of climate change.

Students are seen attending a "Climate Strike" protest in Canberra on Friday.

Her campaign #FridaysForFuture has since inspired a global student-led movement encouraging young environmentalists to skip school on March 14 in demand of stronger government action against climate change.

Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.

She said she was "with Jacinda last night" and she had asked the prime minister what she would say to the people of Nelson.

Campaigners said 15,000 people took part in protests in more than 60 towns and cities across the United Kingdom in February.

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Thunberg said on Twitter that nearly 100 countries will be involved.

"A rallying cry and the "fear of missing out" has a powerful effect on young people".

"If you don't expose yourself to the science that's very clearly presented, then you're not going to try to understand what we are standing for", she says.

Aoife says individuals can only do so much and that Government action to address climate change is now urgent. The English Schools Foundation (ESF) said that it can not endorse an action that threatens to compromise student safety. Our generation grew up with the climate crisis and we will have to deal with it for the rest of our lives.

"We just need to be telling youth to speak up and get educated about this, because their voice can really influence policy", said CU Boulder freshman Emilie Craig.

"We hear you and we're getting on with setting a path for carbon neutrality", the 38-year-old leader said in a statement.

"They're making a bigger contribution and learning more by doing this strike than anything they could possibly do at school", she told 3AW.

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.

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