Kids Across the World Are Cutting School This Friday – With Good Reason!

Kids who cut school are usually labeled apathetic, but for the countless kids who will skip class on March 15, the reality is that they care – they care a lot, in fact.

That’s because Friday marks a worldwide student strike designed to draw attention to the urgent need to address climate change. Adolescents from roughly 100 countries and 1,400 cities will skip school to take a stand for their future.

Greta Thunberg, who at just 16 is already one of the planet’s most foremost climate activists, is leading the movement. The Swedish teenager gained prominence when she took her country’s lawmakers to task over their inadequate response to global warming, and she’s been continuing to urge global leaders to do more ever since.

Her actions resonate with kids on every continent because many can’t help but share Thunberg’s bleak outlook. The forecast for the planet couldn’t be more clear, but the adults in charge don’t seem to take the threat seriously enough, presumably because they won’t be living on this planet as long as the kids.

Thunberg credits fellow student activists from Parkland, Florida, with inspiring this school walkout after seeing them do the same to speak out against gun violence with the March For Our Lives action.

In the U.S. specifically, three students, Alexandria Villasenor, Haven Coleman and Irsa Hirsi (incidentally, the child of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar,) have taken the helm to get actions going in over 100 cities across the country this coming Friday. Check out their website, Youth Climate Strike, for details and demands including passing the Green New Deal, science-based policy decisions and comprehensive climate change curriculum in schools.

Obviously, there are plenty of authority figures – in schools and government alike – who are opposed to this action, insisting that school is too important for kids to skip. Thunberg had a funny retort to one city’s detractors:

Look, these kids aren’t being truant for truancy’s sake. They probably take education more seriously than most, given that they’ve listened to the science on global warming and are concerned enough to do something. You can’t teach kids about environmental catastrophe and then expect them to sit silently in class as if nothing is happening.

Moreover, school is an important tool to prepare kids for their futures, but how do you keep them motivated by that when the future is not guaranteed for these kids? An educated next generation can only do so much when the current generation is squandering over their future currently.

Even if all principals don’t see it the kids’ way, at least scientists do. In the United States, a group of over 100 scientists signed a letter in support of the strike, which reads in part, “They need our support, but more than that, they need all of us to act. Their future depends on it and so does ours.”

 

Take Action!

With that in mind, let’s do our part to act. Sign this petition urging all 2020 presidential candidates to commit to climate action if elected. Even better, start your own climate-related petition to help bring about some long overdo change.

 

59 comments

M S
M S4 days ago

Very good reason indeed. It is very easy to cut school, but next kids have to take action. Not to buy a new smart phone every year or single use clothes, cut down air travel etc.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 days ago

power to the kids

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 days ago

help the kid learn and grow

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 days ago

great

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O5 days ago

th

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Dot A
Dot A6 days ago

I'd say those youthful minds who are taking action are demonstrating the true meaning of intelligence. They 'do.' Our nation has become horribly focused on 'cash' goals, which is why we're depleting our resources. The higher thinking involved with rescuing our planet, to the best of our ability, shows a greater capacity to use our minds for something constructive. No one can say what the future holds. However, acting in accordance with knowledge we possess of healing our globe, shows a consciousness that reaches beyond the 'bottom line' of our destruction.

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Vincent T
Vincent T6 days ago

It's great.

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Kathleen England

Great adults of the future.

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Jan S
Jan S7 days ago

Brilliant

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Just Human
Just Human8 days ago

Proud of these young people.

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