Fridays for Future: Students hold global climate change protests

Students walk out of class to protest climate change

Students walk out of class to protest climate change

Some schools may take a harder stance on activism-related absences, but if they do that would be at the discretion of the school's principal, said district spokesman Harry Esteve.

The authors of the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday say urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach the target, which they say is affordable and feasible although it lies at the most ambitious end of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5ºC and 2ºC.

Washtenaw County Environmental Council Chairwoman Michelle Deatrick said she was encouraged by the determination and organizational efforts of young people who demonstrated Friday. The coverage began last night with our colleagues in Australia and will include reports from correspondents in Thailand, the UK, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain, the U.S. and many more throughout the day. This is too important.

Their message: We'll have to deal with the effects of climate change longer than you will.

What are the school protests?

"Here in B.C. we've seen unprecedented wildfires and floods that hurt people, communities and businesses", he said in an emailed statement Friday.

"As a doctor, I can say it makes a big difference whether you've got a fever of 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) or 43 C (109.4 F)", said Eckart von Hirschhausen, a German scientist who signed the call supporting striking students. "We'll be migrating to places where we can actually live".

Her mum, Kate Willis, is completely behind her daughter's actions.

"I think it's fantastic to see that hundreds of thousands of children all around the world are realising that we are facing an existential climate crisis and are fighting for their future, making their voices heard, and saying why should we go to school and study for a future that may not exist anymore".

"Tomorrow we schoolstrike for our future", she added in another post.

Children and students hold up their hands inscribed with: "In your hands is our future" as they participate in a FridaysForFuture climate protest march on March 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Nearly a third of Scotland's local authorities have now followed Edinburgh City Council, which announced it would not punish pupils for missing classes to join the strikes - absence will be considered "authorised" as long as parental permission is given.

"This is young people taking the reins and realising that they do have people power, that's really awesome", Abigail O'Regan, 20, told AFP in the New Zealand capital.

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer welcomes the move.

Milou and her friend Harriet O'Shea Carre were inspired by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, who has been striking for climate action since last August. This is a movement and we won't give up until they take appropriate action.

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