Schalmont senior to lead climate school strike Friday

Schalmont senior to lead climate school strike Friday

Schalmont senior to lead climate school strike Friday

'I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future'.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian lawmaker Freddy André Øvstegård told Norwegian news outlet VG. As he put it, "The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution".

The protest known as #FridaysforFuture and School Strike 4 Climate is inspired by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old who has spent every Friday since August camping outside the Swedish parliament.

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RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday.

After her speeches at the United Nations climate change conference in Poland and at the Davos forum, she became an example for many young people all over the world, who since have promoted similar initiatives. "It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world's decision-makers" inaction that threatens our entire civilisation.

Since then, she has been missing lessons most Fridays to stage her regular protests. Her speech inspiring other students around the world to take their own action.

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Méabh Mackenzie is organising a protest with about 30 fellow pupils from Daliburgh primary school on the island of South Uist, with the express objective of standing in solidarity with other threatened island communities across the globe.

When asked what she feared most about the potential of growing up in a world that does little or nothing to curtail carbon pollution, Din hardly wanted to consider what that future would look like.

National politicians and some university professors can nominate candidates for the Nobel peace prize, which will be awarded in December, The Guardian reported. "We need to drive systematic change", she said.

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Din said the student protesters from schools around the region will demand "drastic legislative change to combat the climate crisis", citing the recent push among progressive lawmakers in favor of a Green New Deal, a sweeping agenda that seeks to remake the American economy as it transitions off carbon-based energy sources.

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