Tens of thousands of youngsters and adults in New Zealand have stopped work and school on Friday to take part in the country’s third climate strike, billed because the biggest but and the first display of “intergenerational” action.
Over 40 cities around the country were holding marches with 260 businesses involved, as well as most of the country’s tertiary institutions.
Since some high school students had exams last Friday, New Zealand’s strike was taken place a week later than hundreds of thousands took to the streets in other parts of the planet, as well as Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
An open letter signed by 11,000 New Zealanders was delivered to parliament on Friday morning calling on the government to declare a climate emergency – following the lead of various councils around the country.
School Strike 4 Climate national coordinator Raven Maeder aforesaid that their representatives required to show the United States meaningful and immediate action that safeguarded our futures on this planet. Nothing else would matter if we couldn't look after the earth for current and future generations. This was our home.
North Island organizer Sophie Handford, 18, told RNZ she hoped 50,000 people would march.
“There’s way too much at stake to let it pass by. We’ll be at the doors of parliament many more times until we see the necessary action.”
The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has taken a leading role in the worldwide stage in the fight against the climate crisis, calling it her generation’s “nuclear-free moment”.
In the keynote address of the climate change Summit in New York, Ardern took a characteristically optimistic tone, saying pessimism led to apathy.
Ardern said that you would possibly well argue that, had based on our current trajectory, currently wasn't the time for optimism. However, if we solely talked about the loss of ice mass or sea level rises we run the risk of a society that believed all was lost and that it's simply too late … it was not.
Under Ardern’s leadership, New Zealand has set a goal of making the country zero carbon by 2050.