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Democrats Encourage Kids To Ditch School And Join The ‘Climate Strike’

16 March, 2019, 02:28 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Friday's rallies were one of the biggest worldwide climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries around the globe.

The group has been inspired by the example of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (below), who has been holding her own protests - and gathering support - about climate change in front of the Stockholm parliament since summer previous year.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Thunberg was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. "I want you to feel the fear I feel every day".

Youth around the world protested in more than 100 countries, sparked by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Friday's rallies are expected to be one of the biggest global actions yet. Almost all 50 states held a rally along with strikes called in more than 100 countries.

Some politicians have criticized the students, suggesting they should be spending their time in school, not on the streets. "That's a matter for professionals".

While the overall message was similar to student protests around the world, several of the homemade signs in the crowd were distinctly Alabama.

Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. We, young people, have chose to act for our future.

"Right now in Michigan, I'm working with colleagues of mine to draft a Green New Deal for Michigan", Rabhi said.

Layla, 16 said: "The reason I go to school is so I can have a future".

The global strike calls for the United States to re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement and commit to keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Yet at present, the world is on track for an increase of 4 degrees Celsius, which experts say would have far-reaching consequences for life on the planet.

Not exactly skills that you learn on an average day at school.

Osime then climbed onto one of the bikes on the steps of the Capitol to relieve a exhausted pedaler as others lined up to speak with the microphone connected by cords to the wheels. "The youth hereby declare a national emergency on climate change".

The group was later invited to meet officials at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in two weeks.

Quaschning, one of more than 23,000 German-speaking scientists to sign a letter of support this week, said Germany should stop using all fossil fuels by 2040.

Portland-area students were planning to gather at Portland's City Hall at 1 p.m., while other students are doing local walkouts at their schools.

Other changes needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions include ramping up renewable energy production, reining in over-consumption culture now spreading beyond the industrialized West and changing diets, experts say.

"This port is being built under the guise of economic opportunities when it only really helps the rich get richer, we will not fall for it", said Mishka Banuri, co-founder of Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, .

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also extolled Coleman and the other leaders of the "You Climate Strike" movement in the US, which includes Isra Hirsi, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's 16-year-old daughter.

Luisa Neubauer, one of the Berlin group organizing Fridays for Future, said politicians should take note of the young. Her classmate, Samson Osime, said politicians may not want to listen, "but they're working for us".

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