Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Marching for the future

Marching for the future

Plans for the March 15 strike developed from the activism of 16-year-old Swedish youth environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who started her activism (alone) in August 2018 by skipping school to sit outside the Swedish parliament building, which she still does almost every single Friday.

The strikes have gained prominence and visibility in recent months across Europe, culminating with Thunberg's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this week. School students remained in Sallies Quad for the protest, whilst university students took the march off down the pavements of North Street.

The State House protest was part of a coordinated strike that inspired rallies throughout MA and in more than 100 countries, from the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle.

Students also noted that climate change has a greater impact on some populations than others, so all climate action must be intersectional.

"On climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed", she told global economic leaders in Davos.

Sam Gibbons lead the event with a speech outside BBC Radio Stoke highlighting the importance that action is taken in preventing climate change now, especially for the younger generations.

Thousands of New York City students protested at locations including Columbus Circle, City Hall, the American Museum of Natural History and a football field at the Bronx High School of Science.

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Vancouver police said the protest was peaceful with no serious issues. In Duesseldorf, some 2,000 schoolchildren paraded with a carnival float depicting a giant effigy of Thunberg with the words "Do something about the climate catastrophe at last", written along her raised arms. St. Andrews students held their own "Strike for Climate Action" protest in St. Salvators Quad, as well as holding a march down North Street. Thousands of teens in Australia are on strike due to global warming.

In Australia, Education Minister Dan Tehan questioned whether the protests truly represented a grassroots movement.

Scientists say fossil fuel use releases greenhouse gases that trap heat and lift global temperatures, bringing more floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. This is the kind of first worldwide call to action from young people from I think its over 80 countries now are taking part on the action and I kind of heard like first through social media.

In Canada from Inuvik to St. John's, in cities and towns in every province, students are joining the global student strike for the climate on March 15. The group strongly references the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2018 report, which claims the world only has a few year to dramatically reduce carbon emissions or else face dire environmental consequences. "Nothing short of the future of the planet is at stake".

People of all ages gathered to strike against what they call political inaction against climate change.

The children have been chanting: "What do we want?"

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