B.C. students join global school walkout for climate action

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Hutten is part of a group of five Grade 11 and 12 students from Citadel High School who have organized the Halifax student strike for Friday, March 15. "Climate change is killing us, too".

Schoolchildren take part in a student climate protest on March 15, 2019 in London, England.

Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette said he wouldn't be able to participate but that channels of communication with organizers are open. During the takeover, Guardian US will display its strongest recent climate change coverage from Guardian correspondents and columnists around the world. Students in Princeton and Mahwah held their own climate strikes; as well as students in New York City, Philadelphia and around the world.

When asked if this growing alarm over climate change was justified, only 4% of parents believed it wasn't, compared to 55% who did.

"We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation - especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities are already disproportionately impacted by climate change".

"We want you to follow the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports".

"We have 11 years to avoid a catastrophic climate change", said Hirisi.

"This port is being built under the guise of economic opportunities when it only really helps the rich get richer, we will not fall for it", said Mishka Banuri, co-founder of Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, .

Main Msida-Valletta Road To Close This Friday As Students Strike And March Against Climate Change
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"And you know who you are, you that have ignored this and are most guilty of this", she said, as protesters cheered her name.

"A lot happens on social media because you can reach a lot of young people very quickly and show them: look there's lot of us", she told The Associated Press. Numerous the young people who joined for the rally were meeting for the first time.

Morning rain cleared in time for the masses to come together at 12.30pm, all with the same goal - to support an global movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet.

"Ultimately, we are demanding the preservation of our future", Shaikh said.

There are so many issues going on in the world - racism, sexism, gun violence. Although there hasn't been anything quite like the threat of climate change before, all of the people I see working on it around the world makes me hopeful and optimistic. Many flashed the peace sign while they chanted about reducing air pollution. Because if we stop, we're just surrendering to extinction.

"I don't think any student is going to miss out on their career because they missed a few hours of school today", he said.

Students in Lisbon were joined by several political leaders, including from the Left Bloc and Communist Party.

The children and young people stopped around the city, home to the headquarters of many of Germany's largest manufacturers, reading out calls for change.

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