Thousands of students join in school strike for climate

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Wellington School Strike 4 Climate outside Parliament.
Photo: RNZ / Krystal Gibbens

Protests against climate change are rising in four cities as New Zealanders join a global climate strike.

Thousands of students across the country are skipping school today to join global protests demanding urgent action on climate change.

Led by the student movement Fridays For Future, countries all over the world will participate during the day.

At the same time, demonstrations, marches and rallies are being held in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and New Plymouth to raise awareness about global warming and demand action from leaders.

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Protesters against climate change are on the move in Wellington.

People begin to gather in Christchurch's Cathedral Square for the School Strike for Climate Action, including Oscar Compton-Moen and Carter Andrew.

People begin to gather in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square for the School Strike for Climate Action, including Oscar Compton-Moen and Carter Andrew.
Photo: RNZ / Rachel Graham

Wellington’s School Strike 4 Climate group says it has six key demands it is fighting for this year.

It says its main focus is on the country’s biggest carbon emitter, the agricultural sector, but it also wants the government to cut transport emissions.

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Among those present in Parliament, James Shaw, co-leader of the Green Party, was met with rousing applause.

He urged them to continue with their action and said things needed to get back on track, following Covid’s lead.

School Strike 4 Climate Wellington spokesman Izzy Cook said other demands included ending coal and gas exploration.

“The government has said it is committed to being carbon neutral by 2050, but based on the changes being made to the way we live and the policies being introduced and things like that… I think and I I think a lot of other climate activists think the government just isn’t doing enough and that’s why we’re on strike,” she said.

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Cook, a 12-year-old college student, said she was concerned about the impact of climate change on her future, or she might even have a future unless urgent action is taken now.

The events are expected to end at 2 p.m.

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