Global Youth Climate Strike Comes to Arcata and Eureka

16 March, 2019, 02:27 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • REUTERS  Charles Platiau

According to Sana Shaikh, a 17-year-old student at the Morris County School of Technology and the lead organizer for New Jersey's climate strikes, more than 2,000 strikes in 123 countries around the world took place Friday.

Meanwhile, founder of the Strike for Climate movement Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Norway, with MP Freddy André Øvstegård stating that: "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", and that "she has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace".

Students at High Tech High and Hilltop High School held a strike outside their schools, then headed to San Diego City Hall to plead their case to city officials. "I want you to feel the fear I feel every day".

Hundreds of Humboldt high school students walked out of their classrooms this morning to join the Global Youth Climate Strike - a worldwide protest against climate change, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Protests were underway or planned in cities in more than 100 countries, including Berlin; Hong Kong; New Delhi; Wellington, New Zealand; and Oulo, Finland.

Young activists insisted that the adults - and politicians in particular - needed some education on climate change issues, thus skipping school was needed for them to be heard. "That's a matter for professionals".

Students hold signs protesting pipelines and paying tribute to victims of natural disasters.

While the school discusses climate change in classes a lot, the students were keen to take part in some direct action - though they were concerned about the impact missing lessons would have on their school record, he said. "Here in B.C. we've seen unprecedented wildfires and floods that hurt people, communities and businesses", he said in an emailed statement Friday.

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

Scientists have warned for decades that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are unsustainable, so far with little effect.

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. Some of their read: "I want a hot boyfriend, not a hot planet" and "Keep the earth clean". "One of those is compatible with life, the other isn't".

However, Labor national president Wayne Swan defended student activism. Obviously the government is acting on climate change.

At 10 a.m. a mass of Arcata High students gathered in front of their school and, armed with colorful protest signs, marched toward the Arcata Plaza, some shouting "No coal!"

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.

"We made a part of history and I'm so happy that we could bring this strike to Ann Arbor", said Kokhar, a senior. "And equally they are not following the advice of the [United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] IPCC report that says we only have 12 years left for climate justice to be realistic". "We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize or properly address our climate crisis".


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