Bangkok students strike against climate change

Bangkok students strike against climate change

Because of his involvement in the Fridays for Future movement, Finlay represented Scotland at a meeting of more than 60 young climate change campaigners from 20 nations at the European Parliament.

"I think that what she stands for and how she takes it on board is very inspiring in that it's not all talk and we are trying to get action", Billie says.

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees", Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP.

"It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action".

Among their list of requests, students have asked the government to create a dedicated "Climate Action Officer" and commit to increasing the city's reliance on renewable energy to more than three or four per cent, as outlined in Hong Kong's Climate Action Plan 2030+.

"A rallying cry and the "fear of missing out" has a powerful effect on young people".

Protesters call for the mayor to make an appearance from Seymour Square, opposite the Marlborough District Council building.

The Swedish teenager - who on her Twitter page describes herself as "a 16-year-old climate activist with Asperger [syndrome]" - first staged a school strike for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament in August last year.

Bangkok students strike against climate change

Meeten said it was important students took action, as kids could tell adults off.

Those taking part in the protest outside Glasgow and Edinburgh are expected to gather outside schools and in the centre of towns.

Springlands School students, from left, Zoe Meeten, 9, and Jess Bell, 9, encouraged their peers to attend the strike.

"Young people are deeply anxious and we want our voices heard".

"The government just needs to change some things, which is why if we go on strike on a school day then they'll notice and they might actually do something about it", said 14-year-old New Zealand student Inese, who did not want her surname made public.

He said members of the student group have discussed the walkout with school officials.

Gardener said he has been gathering support via word of mouth and the social media apps Snapchat and Instagram.

Protesters took up signs and chanting during their strike.

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