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Local students to cut class in second climate strike

Local students to cut class in second climate strike”

Students who cut class to join protests have been rebuked by politicians, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said past year more learning and less activism was needed in schools. Therefore, you have to call a "Global Strike For the Future".

"The generation that is now making the decisions are not making good enough decisions and as young people who have to live in the consequences of the decisions that are being made today and in the past, we should have a voice", Mudgway said.

The move, which stands if pupils have the consent of carers and parents, comes after City of Edinburgh Council made a similar announcement.

Last month, more than 10,000 pupils across the United Kingdom sought their parents' permission and left classrooms in Glasgow, Leeds, Exeter, London and Brighton to join UK-wide climate strikes.

"As health professionals we know that climate change is already affecting the wellbeing of children and young people", says Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.

"This now means young people in Glasgow can act on their convictions for a better world without fear of sanction".

Hawke's Bay Secondary Principals' Association chairman and Taradale High School principal Stephen Hensman said he supported "teenagers wanting to advocate for change in how we approach the environment". But we encourage families to talk about their schools' policies on absences, as well as the importance of being respectful and constructive if they choose to participate in activities. "It makes the adults face the issue and hopefully prompt them to do something about it", said Kate, whose parents are supportive of her plans to strike. But students bunking off school would be dealt with accordingly, he said. And then on the second day, people started joining me.

At the end of her talk, Greta says she's not going to end on a positive, hopeful note, like most TED talks. Organising the protest is itself an important practical lesson in democratic participation; young people are learning how to be heard and how to express dissent on an issue that will shape the lives of this generation and those to come.

Climate Leaders is an initiative that aims to put a spotlight on the candidates with a strong stance for climate action in the upcoming election. "So, we've got to make sure the Government is doing something, now". We want our students to be politically aware and civically engaged. We want to see someone that supports real action on climate change, and responds to the needs of our community.



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