New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave her support on Wednesday to a youth movement urging government action to tackle climate change ahead of protests by students across the world later this week.
"If you are a citizen of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, North America, or the Earth as a whole, this strike is for you", reads the Facebook event, titled Student Strike 4 Climate 2019. She was invited to speak to climate negotiators this past December in Poland and more recently to the global elite in Davos, Switzerland.
American teen Kate Anchondo, who is organizing a school strike in San Diego, California, said: "I am anxious, and angry that we let it get this far". "But the reality is far different".
Activists in the USA are making similar demands that are found in Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: a swift transition to 100 percent renewable energy, a complete abolition of fossil fuels and other environmental mandates.
Baines pointed to the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that leaders have just 11 years to take action to avoid catastrophic climate change, including the reduction of global carbon emissions to zero by 2050. "I will be standing in solidarity with the students on Friday (down the back, in support) because what could be more important than being part of a global movement calling for a future based on climate justice, and not climate breakdown".
It was a complex project but one that was absolutely worth it.
"The first day, I sat alone from about 8.30am to 3pm".
Was there a specific moment in the past couple of years that made you passionate about climate action and inspired you to take on a position of leadership in this movement? . "The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again".
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"We recognise, as adults, researchers and as educators, that it is important to respect youth leadership and stand with young people as allies, but not in front".
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, 16, attends a protest next to Sweden's parliament in Stockholm, Sweden on March 8. What is your response to these comments? Armed with homemade placards, many of these young activists donned their school coats and travelled with their parents to ensure their voices were heard and anger was felt. "Even that you leave to us children", she told those present.
Climate Leaders is an initiative that aims to put a spotlight on the candidates with a strong stance for climate action in the upcoming election.
"Too often we make this assessment that to make an impact we have to be of voting age".
Kids in the USA want a radical transformation of the economy.
"I've always had a passion for the environment - and climate change is a massive problem".