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Perth school students walk out of class in strike on climate change

15 Марта 2019

Thousands of school students walked out of class across Australia and New Zealand on Friday as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change.

The concept of a climate strike was popularized by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has skipped school every Friday to strike outside the Swedish Parliament building.

On March 15, students in Halifax and around the world will march to demand action on climate change.

But scientists have backed the protests, with thousands signing petitions in support of the students in Britain, Finland and Germany.

"If you don't expose yourself to the science that's very clearly presented, then you're not going to try to understand what we are standing for", she says. "We can't vote, yet it's our futures that will be most affected by climate change".

Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon
David L. Ryan Globe Staff Una McCoole 16 of Marblehead was one of hundreds of students rallying in front of the State House Friday afternoon

The world is now 1ºC warmer than preindustrial levels.

The 2015 Paris climate conference pledge to limit the rise to 2 degrees C (35 F) requires a radical cutback in use of coal and fossil fuels.

The planet is now on track to heat up by double that figure.

Wellington university student Josie Mason, 20, said she was "excited by the fact that youth are being heard and are making a stand right now". "One of those is compatible with life, the other isn't".

RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday.

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Following devastating hurricanes in the U.S., record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic, the IPCC makes clear that climate change is already happening, upgraded its risk warning from previous reports, and warned that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact.

One parent in attendance said that about 1,000 kids are at the strike, with more "streaming in" all of the time.

"Our Earth can not wait and we can not do it by ourselves and we need the government to help us now", she said.

That conversation is likely to get louder, with several USA presidential hopefuls planning to campaign on climate change.

"I have a younger sister in junior high, and my mom has organized to bring my sister and a couple of her classmates down to the clock tower", says organizer Ivan Andreou.

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Chants petered out when a number of students took to the stage set up in the square to speak about what actions needed to be taken.

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