Skip school, join global 'climate strike' to preserve their future

Kids demand justice for climate change schoolchildren Antonio and Lily both 10 have joined the march to Valletta

Kids demand justice for climate change schoolchildren Antonio and Lily both 10 have joined the march to Valletta

Khokhar was one of hundreds of area K-12 students to participate in Friday's climate strike, which is part of a youth-led global movement called Fridays For Future started by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses during a demonstration of youth calling for climate protection on March 1 in Hamburg, Germany.

"That's why they need our support", he said.

"We are choosing to rise up and take direct action where older generations have failed", they said in an emailed statement (that's right, these kids are so well-organized they're sending out press releases). We hope you'll join us.

"We have only been born into this world, we are going to have to live with this crisis our whole lives".

"We're protesting again because the reaction last time was not what we were looking for".

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.

Some politicians have criticized the students, suggesting they should be spending their time in school, not on the streets.

"We've seen years of negotiations, pathetic deals on climate change, fossil fuel companies being given free rein to carve open our lands, drill beneath our soils, and burn away our futures for their profit".

University students congregate on campus before they leave
University students congregate on campus before they leave

Throughout the day, the Guardian will highlight the voices of young people from the USA and around the world who have never never known a world where the climate isn't rapidly heating.

"The fight against climate change is going to be uncomfortable, in parts, and we need to have a society-wide discussion about this", said Quaschning. I don't want people to die because of a thing that could have been stopped if people had taken it more seriously. "We can't vote, yet it's our futures that will be most affected by climate change".

"For action on issues that they think is important, they should do that after school or on weekends", said Dan Tehan, Australia's education minister.

In response to the community coming together, Reese said it was late, but "not too late to keep our planet safe, but we must act now".

Friday's climate strikes were the first globally coordinated set of actions since a Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg began refusing to go to school last August.

School spokeswoman Dana Smith said parents are urged to discuss the protest with their children.

That shows how these protests are organized from the bottom up, she said.

"I have a younger sister in junior high, and my mom has organized to bring my sister and a couple of her classmates down to the clock tower", says organizer Ivan Andreou.

Tom, 17, said: "This is my life, the life of my children in the future, so to be off school is a courageous move for us all".

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