Climate change protests versus school

More in the build up to Friday’s climate change protests that have already been effective at raising attention.


If anyone is still interested in “should kids go on the the climate strike” takes, this one by a teacher I know is probably the best

If it’s a one-off or occasional thing I have no problem with children (teenagers) taking a bit of time off school to take part in an organised protest. It is likely to inspire them a lot more than just another day at school.


  1. NOEL

     /  12th March 2019

    Mifti or uniform?

  2. lurcher1948

     /  12th March 2019

    They need to build mega prisons to put these wagging brainwashed children in, PLUS THEIR SCUMMY RIGHTWING COMMUNIST teachers, and why we are at it we should sainthood that lovely siomon bridges,he would have bring the full force of the police and army down on these communist deviant brainwashed children, global warming phiiiiiiiffffffff

  3. alloytoo

     /  12th March 2019

    The problem with involving children in these sorts of protests is that the people who are most likely to get hurt are the children.

    In South Africa “Liberation before Education” had very little effect on Apartheid, however what it did do was create a generation of children ill prepared to compete in a modern economy especially against the children of the ANC elite in exile who received quality education overseas. it also created a culture which undervalues education and as a result South Africa’s education system continues to be less than 30% effective.

    In the New Zealand context this climate change strike is misguided on a number of levels.

    1. The current NZ regime includes a supposedly environmental focused party and is apparently having a nuclear moment in respect of climate change. There is therefor no awareness at a government level to be raised. The action only deprives the learners of education opportunities.

    2. Their action will have zero detectable effect on climate change mitigation, but could have a measurable adverse effect on the children’s education (especially if this behaviour becomes culturally entrenched).

    3. There are not actions New Zealanders can take which will have guaranteed measurable mitigation on climate change (manmade or other wise). We should be focusing our efforts on preparing New Zealanders to be strong, responsive and opportunity seeking in the face of future challenges.

    In summary:

    We can’t mitigate climate change with certainty of outcome, therefor we should spend our resources on positive things with more certainty of outcome, education being one of them.

  4. Finbaar Rustle

     /  12th March 2019

    I am amazed any one over 12 goes to school these days.
    Why bother?
    Every thing is online.
    Even socialisation meet ups can be had online.
    School/education is really just free day care, time out for parents.

    • Blazer

       /  12th March 2019

      I take it you left school at 12…explains alot.🎯

      • Finbaar Rustle

         /  12th March 2019

        99% of what a person learns happens out side of school. So whats your point?

  5. Zedd

     /  12th March 2019

    … some people still think MrT is correct; C-C is a myth.. BUT it seems that many School kids are actually smarter than that !

    “Good onya”.. get out & tell the C-C deniers “We are not going to take this B-S anymore !!”

    btw; I understand, that it is being led by School kids.. BUT everyone (all ages) are welcome to join in… GLOBAL event


  6. Sunny

     /  12th March 2019

    I’m just drafting my note to the Principal now. Dear Principal, Please excuse x for the following week. Our family has decided to protest Climate Change with an educational trip to the pacific islands. Regards….

  7. Gezza

     /  12th March 2019

    I’m persuaded by Ben Thomas’s teacher’s argument. I think kids who want to go should be allowed to – but they should also accept there will be consequences & that is part of what makes such a protest worth it. Just mindlessly liking posts on facebook on impulse or other social media isn’t a teaching moment.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  12th March 2019

      I don’t know what happens to waggers now, but they should be classed as waggers.

      Nothing at all will be achieved by this.

  8. Finbaar Rustle

     /  12th March 2019

    What is a teaching moment tho?
    For millions especially women online information searching is easier,
    often safer, more enjoyable and probably more useful than school.

  9. Pink David

     /  12th March 2019

    Children’s Crusade.

  10. Patzcuaro

     /  12th March 2019

    In my generation we had Maori rights (Bastion Point and land march) and the Springbok tours, before that Viet Nam.
    This generation the defining issue is the planet. No point in worrying about race relations if the planet is stuffed.

    • Gezza

       /  12th March 2019

      I guess it’s a question of how much did we influence our parents and politicians to pay attention to us as schoolkids?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  12th March 2019

      The planet will be fine, Patz. Kids would be better studying what we know and what we don’t know than learning how to be sheep for anyone’s dog whistle.