Rundle: school students marching against climate change aren't kids anymore

New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw

On the steps of Parliament House, at Fed Square, outside the State Library, all the places of stone, glass and concrete, they're flocking, in bright colours, with rainbow signs.

Many others, including students in Ireland, have joined Thunberg's crusade by striking every Friday.

Students will start to gather at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and talks will begin at 11 a.m. Portland Public Schools sent out a letter to parents Thursday afternoon reminding them that any students who walk out will be marked absent.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who is a prominent voice in the fight against climate change, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

She said the system was "kinda stupid". The English Schools Foundation (ESF) said that it can not endorse an action that threatens to compromise student safety.

However students from schools in many towns around the country are also planning local demonstrations.

Other students followed in her wake, like Alexandria Villasenor. "The combination of persuasive social media and a noteworthy subject will lead to different perspectives in our diverse community", the letter from the principal, obtained by HKFP, said.

"That's what we're trying to do: Change the conversation not only about things like the Green New Deal but so much more".

But skipping school has consequences, even when it's for a good cause.

The safety of MPs is being called into question, but they say their level of accessibility is important.

He said he has been touched by the messages of support he has had - "I wasn't anticipating that".

"I'm proud too that we are choosing to celebrate, rather than stifle the positive energy of our young people, and it showcases the very caring and responsible citizens we are shaping across our schools".

Locally, the group says they'd like to get the attention of Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, Premier Stephen McNeil, and Nova Scotia Minister of Environment Margaret Miller.

Thousands of schoolchildren in Australia and New Zealand have kicked off the global Fridays for Future protest, demanding global leaders take action on climate change.

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.

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