Strik­ing for ac­tion

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

In three weeks’ time, youth across New Zealand and the world will rise again and mo­bilise to save our planet.

For the sake of all life on Earth, School Strike 4 Cli­mate NZ de­mands that our gov­ern­ment take ur­gent ac­tion on cli­mate change, right now.

It is no longer a mat­ter of want­ing to act; they need to.

The se­ri­ous­ness of the threat of cli­mate change is in­com­pre­hen­si­ble. The gov­ern­ment’s cur­rent pace of ac­tion is not good enough. They must make rad­i­cal pol­icy change to keep global warm­ing be­low 1.5 de­grees Cel­sius. SS4CNZ will not stop mo­bil­is­ing un­til they do.

Peo­ple through­out the coun­try can con­trib­ute to the ac­tion in a va­ri­ety of ways. Events on Fri­day May 24 will vary in dif­fer­ent towns and ci­ties. Tree plant­ing, ral­lies, strikes, com­mu­nity hui and sitins out­side MPs’ of­fices will all con­trib­ute to New Zealand’s col­lec­tive re­sponse. This mul­ti­tude of ac­tions gives every­one and any­one a way to get in­volved.

In­for­ma­tion about ac­tions will be posted on the SS4CNZ web­site and Face­book page in the com­ing weeks.

Gov­ern­ments around the world, in­clud­ing the New Zealand gov­ern­ment, have not yet re­sponded ad­e­quately to the cli­mate emer­gency. Youth will not stand for their weak­ness, ap­a­thy and in­ac­tion. SS4CNZ will con­tinue to de­mand cli­mate jus­tice. Join us. SOPHIE HANDFORD


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