Australian, NZ students kick off global climate change strike

Australian, NZ students kick off global climate change strike

Australian, NZ students kick off global climate change strike

"Climate change affects the people that contribute the least to it. I applaud you for that", he said.

In January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 16-year-old told top executives and politicians that "on climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed". If you continue failing us in the future, we, the young people, will make change happen by ourselves.

Among their list of requests, students have asked the government to create a dedicated "Climate Action Officer" and commit to increasing the city's reliance on renewable energy to more than three or four per cent, as outlined in Hong Kong's Climate Action Plan 2030+.

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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In the wake of the October 2018 climate report, 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg put climate change firmly in the spotlight by striking from school to sit outside the country's parliament, kick-starting the movement in the process. The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.

Springlands School students, from left, Zoe Meeten, 9, and Jess Bell, 9, encouraged their peers to attend the strike. "Obviously, one strike isn't going to change everything, but this isn't the last strike", Hirsi said.

Children say they are walking out of school to bring greater attention to the impending crises that will have more of an impact on their generation than on those making current policy.

Hong Kong students are set to march from Chater Garden in Central to the Central Government Offices in Admiralty from 11am to 2pm.

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Hynd said he had missed an English class for the strike, while Pinker-Meihana said he had missed a Chemistry class.

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

"We've been talking to some students who aren't able to come to our strike because it's too far, and they're doing their own mini-marches around their schools", says organizer Julia Sampson.

But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany.

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"We are the professionals and we're saying the young generation is right", said Volker Quaschning, a professor of engineering at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences.

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