New Zealand PM Ardern backs students striking for climate action

STRIKES Thunberg’s protests have inspired a global movement.
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"Her group is led largely by young women of color, which she said should come as no surprise, because people who are already vulnerable are going to be disproportionately hit by climate change".

The Greens have again encouraged kids to skip school to attend a climate change rally, this time at noon on Friday.

Organizers are calling on students who can not participate in a group action to demonstrate their support on Friday by wearing green and making time during the day to show solidarity with the Youth Climate Strike and its goals. "Regarding global warming and climate change, students are taking what they have learned about science and civics and putting their education into action", said MTA President Merrie Najimy.

Students will gather outside the Palmerston North City Council Building on Friday from 9am to 12pm and march around The Square at 11am. Students in Europe, Australia and other countries around the world have been striking for stronger action on climate change for several months and are also planning to walk out on March 15.

"And our government refused to listen". They told us to go back to school. Now they are just debating how fast or what we need to do.

How involved were you with the climate strike that happened at the end of a year ago?

Local groups including Byron Shire Climate Emergency Guidance Group, Zero Emissions Byron, COREM, Creative Mullumbimy, The Brunswick Valley Historical Society and Mullum SEED issued a statement of support for the students. She said the action is meant to put the spotlight on an issue that impacts all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

American teen Kate Anchondo, who is organizing a school strike in San Diego, California, said: "I am anxious, and angry that we let it get this far".

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Below, Alexia tells Women's Agenda why she chose to get so heavily involved in the climate strike, her part in the initiative Climate Leaders and why she can't sit at school anymore and do nothing.

"It is important that normal process is followed if there was an absence on the day for the safety of the students, and to keep families informed of the actions of their children".

Youth culture is said to be defined by its movements - from Rock Against Racism in 1970s Britain to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have swept through the US.

A rapidly growing movement of young people around the world have been inspired by the actions of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist.

"These young people they're saying: "This is our future".

"I think there can be more awareness about it", she said.

"Now people are not debating whether we should do something".

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