School's out for 'climate inaction' as students protest in Kelowna

School's out for 'climate inaction' as students protest in Kelowna”

Hundreds of students from across the Lower Mainland took to the streets of downtown Vancouver Friday as part of the global Climate Strike movement - a world-wide initiative of young people protesting inaction on climate change.

While the broader movement, which sees students skip Friday school to demand more action to combat climate change, has been building worldwide since last August, this is the first such organized event in the territorial capital. "The consequences are huge and some things have to change", Grade 10 student Sam Mysak said.

Students across B.C. and in dozens of cities and towns across Canada were urged to cut classes Friday to show their support for the battle against climate change.

"If all of us become aware of what climate change is doing to our planet, I think we have a chance of making a difference in this world", Watts said.

The march started with a rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza in downtown Vancouver.

Greta Thunberg is the 16 year old Swede who founded the School Strike for Climate in November 2018.

In response to pressures ranging from thawing permafrost to changing flora and fauna, the territorial government has promised "a long-term comprehensive and coordinated response to climate change".

For many years I've been an agony aunt for the biosphere.

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