Health professionals support students in their strike for healthy climate action

Students to ‘strike’ against climate change inaction this Friday

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.

"Like school students around the country, we see continued wordy promises followed by inaction, including by our own national and local governments, as a moral failure to safeguard our children's future and to take hold of the opportunity for wellbeing that climate action brings".

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

Can you tell us a little about how Climate Leaders started and what you aim to achieve through the initiative?

"Climate change is the biggest issue facing this generation, but the health and safety of all our students is our primary concern and we can not condone any unsupervised action".

"Curriculum for Excellence calls on young Scots to be responsible citizens".

"As climate change is the most serious threat to human health in the 21st century, health professionals recognise the urgent need for rapid change at all levels of society".

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

"I heard you guys are going to do a climate strike, and I am so proud of you guys", Ho-Shing said.

Being a member of the Student Climate Action Network and a graduate of the Student Climate Leadership Program run by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, I worked alongside numerous people to help organise and facilitate the day. There is also representation from a range of diverse disciplinary specialisations we need to draw on to tackle how we change the way we live to reduce climate change: from climate science, engineering, biomedical science, to music, art and product design, political science and ecology. I am frustrated about not learning enough about climate change in school.

She says the world is essentially in meltdown, and the impact of a few hours off school pales in comparison to the likely impact of climate change on the lives of today's children.

St Peter's student Rachael Stone, 16, is one of the organisers of the Manawatū event and she expected more than 200 students to attend. "We make it to Friday hundred?" We want our students to be politically aware and civically engaged.

We want to fill the government with Climate Leaders to make climate change a major policy focus for candidates in the federal election and to broadcast to voters the candidates that are leading the way for climate action. "Because if we don't get it, and no one does it for us, then we'll never get anything done".

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