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Thousands of students worldwide are expected to walk out of class for the Friday protest, much as US children and teens did past year for the National School Walkout on gun control, spurred by the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The global youth movement was kick-started previous year by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who had refused to go to school in order to pressure her government to take more drastic climate action.

Many of these students were previously involved in the #FridaysforFuture protests past year, led by Swedish youth Greta Thunberg.

In Australia, when New South Wales Education Minister said those ditching classes would be punished, Greta - as she is known to all - responded in a tweet: "We hear you, and we don't care". "But the reality is far different". After the talks, there will be materials provided for attendees to write letters and postcards to legislators, urging action on climate change initiatives like The Green New Deal, which calls for investments in green businesses and jobs, and a shift to 100 percent clean energy nationwide by 2030.

Youth Climate Strike actions are planned worldwide. "So I do think that if students are going to choose to go on the strike that they need to be in contact with their teachers to set up some time to learn what they miss".

It was a complex project but one that was absolutely worth it.

While they may be missing a day of school this week, I have been mighty impressed seeing many young people devote their spare time to organising the event. History teaches us that whenever youth mobilise for change, from civil rights to nuclear-free movements, their actions are always initially trivialised and dismissed as publicity seeking or naive, but we need to listen to these concerns, recognise the seriousness and urgent nature of the issues young people face, and act on their demands with urgent resolve.

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In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister condemned the climate strike as wasteful of teachers' time. Rather than seeing the vibrant colours of an abundant and biodiverse coral population, all I saw was white lifeless coral skeletons.

Climate change impacts vary from one region to the next, but teens everywhere confronted with a climate-addled future have decided where to direct their ire. "That may take a couple of years and I'll just have to try to be patient".

Over the course of several months, the idea of the climate strike was born and I naturally knew I wanted to have a role to stress to our government the importance of action on climate change. What is the sentiment like among your peers at school?

Over 1560 researchers, academics and educators have signed an open letter supporting the school strike.

Fellow pupil Abe Baillie said their interest in starting a Dunedin protest came after becoming "increasingly frustrated with Government inaction on climate change".

Furthermore, our age often lets us down.


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