Monday, 11 February 2019

School Strike for Climate Action UK > Friday 15th February

You will remember the young activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden:
Futures Forum: Climate change @ Davos
Futures Forum: Climate change: "there is a sense of a new consciousness abroad concerning the future of our planet"
Futures Forum: Climate change: "our greatest threat"

She's very much behind young people doing something:
Youth strike for climate change Greta Thunberg 

The School strikes for climate, School Strikes 4 Climate, Fridays for Future, Youth for climate or Youth strike 4 climate is a growing international movement of children and students leaving their school to take part in demonstrations for climate action.

The first school strike for climate was started by Greta Thunberg staging an action outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" or "school strike for climate" during August 2018

School strike for climate - Wikipedia
School Strike for Climate Action public group | Facebook

And it's going to happen in the UK this Friday:
Youth Strike 4 Climate: Why thousands of children are missing school on 15 February to protest climate change - inews.co.uk
Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads | Education | The Guardian

The Telegraph reports:

Headteachers back pupil strike that will see thousands of schoolchildren walk out of lessons in climate change protest

Children from schools across the country are planning to leave their lessons between 11am and 2pm

Helena Horton 10 FEBRUARY 2019

The union of head teachers has backed pupil plans to walk of their lessons in a "strike" to protest climate change.

The mass strike, organised by teenagers and called UK Youth Strike For Climate, is aiming for thousands of students to put down their work and leave their classes this Friday between 11am and 2pm.

Pupils from schools in 27 towns and cities across the UK including Cardiff, Brighton, Exeter and Glasgow have vowed to leave their lessons - and their decision has been backed by headteachers.

The National Association of Head Teachers said in a statement: "When you get older pupils making an informed decision, that kind of thing needs to be applauded. Society makes leaps forward when people are prepared to take action. Schools encourage students to develop a wider understanding of the world around them, a day of activity like this could be an important and valuable life experience."

However, others have referred to it as "playing truant", adding that pupils will take any chance to miss school.

Former primary school teacher and Conservative MP William Wragg told the Sunday Express: "I would not encourage a walk out, it's far more fruitful to learn about climate change in school."

Toby Young, former director of the New Schools Network, said: "Calling this a strike is ridiculous. What are they going to do? Down pencils? This is just truanting."

Labour MP Clive Lewis backed their choice, however, tweeting: "A DfE spokeswoman said: 'We are clear that pupils can only take term-time leave in exceptional circumstances'. Well I reckon Climate Breakdown probably just-about qualifies in that case."

The pupils organising the strike said that they have been inspired by similar protests in Sweden.

Jake Woodier, of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, which is helping to coordinate the strikes, told the Guardian that the Swedish organiser's message about the need for radical, urgent change had struck a chord with hundreds of thousand of young people in the UK. He said: “The images of what Greta did and then the huge strikes by schoolchildren in other countries have been widely shared by young people on social media and have really inspired people.”

Headteachers back pupil strike that will see thousands of schoolchildren walk out of lessons in climate change protest

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