Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Hundreds of NJ students participate in climate change protest

Hundreds of NJ students participate in climate change protest

More than 200 students filled the steps of the state Capitol Friday joining many across the country in a global movement of youth activists striking for action on climate change.

"Climate change is worse than Voldemort", read a handmade sign carried by one student in Wellington, referring to the evil wizard in the hugely popular Harry Potter books and films.

The group is also chanting: "You should be embarrassed that we pulled out of of Paris", a reference to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. About 30,000 participated in a demonstration in Sydney, Australia, early Friday.

Hundreds of students walked of out school at 11:11 a.m. Friday to take part in the Youth Climate Strike on the University of Michigan's Diag. Thunberg's activities have attracted supporters across the globe and fetched the girl a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Other protests have taken place on Fridays since, but today is the first major coordinated action. They were there to rally and to help each other.

"We are choosing to rise up and take direct action where older generations have failed", they said in an emailed statement (that's right, these kids are so well-organized they're sending out press releases). "So will our children and grandchildren and coming generations", Thunberg said. "This isn't a distant issue, it's something that's going to have very severe influence on us in the near future".

Danny, 14, said: "What's the point in learning if it's not going to do anything because your future is going to be ruined by climate change?"

He says critics of the last march - some of whom labelled pupils missing lessons to take part as "truants" - has strengthened his resolve to campaign for a greener future.

"It is not enough to talk on the margins about solving climate change", said former gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

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

Azalea Danes, a student at the Bronx High School of Science, wasn't a climate activist until two weeks ago when she read about Thunberg's efforts.

They stopped around the city, home to the headquarters of many of Germany's largest manufacturers, reading out calls for change.

"The clock is ticking and time is against us!" they shouted.

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

A national strike was held in Washington.

"We are doing our part and we are asking that the politicians here at the legislature, and our federal government and in our municipal government, [to] do something", said one speaker.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has pledged NZ$100 million ($68 million) to cut greenhouse gas emissions, supported the strikes, saying teenagers should not wait for voting age to use their voices.

This comment from Rebecca Pow for example, a British Conservative Party politician, comes in stark contrast to what we hear from Australian conservatives: "We get that it can feel like a challenge to get real change in Parliament".

"For action on issues that they think is important, they should do that after school or on weekends", Australia's Education Minister Dan Tehan told reporters.

"We'll have more hurricanes, we'll have rising sea levels", said one boy.

Like this: