Hundreds of students gathered in New Zealand have launched the ” day of “strike of the school for the climate” on Friday, intended to raise the awareness of responsible policy on climate change, and for which the organizers expect over a thousand events in one hundred countries across the planet.
The students were protesting in Wellington on Friday, with placards saying for example “time is melting” or “Act now or swim.”
This mobilization is inspired by the teenaged Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old wielding only every Friday since the summer her sign the “strike of the school for the climate” in front of the Parliament in Stockholm. It was followed in a few countries, notably in Belgium, or in Germany, where the young people expressed by the thousands.
The “strike world” for the future of this Friday is provided “in 1.769 locations and 112 countries,” tweeted Greta Thunberg. The list posted on the website of his movement, FridaysforFuture, had surpassed the 2,000 places, with Italy, France and Germany lead the pack.
“We make strike to tell our governments to do their homework and show us the evidence!”, says the appeal published on Facebook. Namely evidence that the world takes action to limit global warming to a maximum of +2°C relative to pre-industrial times, as provided for by the Paris Agreement.
“We are only at the beginning,” tweeted the young girl, who has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, 2019. “I believe that the change is on the horizon and that the population will rise up to its future”.
In New Zealand, the initiative of the young people was not to the taste of some teachers and policies. The president of the Association of principal of secondary school, Michael Williams, has estimated that the impact of this action on the climate would be “probably zero”. “We are concerned that students do not lose time that should be dedicated to a good learning”, he advanced.
But the young demonstrators have received support from the First minister, Jacinda Ardern. “Don’t underestimate the power of your voice”, says labour’s 38-year-old students this week in Parliament. “Too often, we affirm that it is necessary to be of voting age, to have an influence. This is not the case,” she assured.