Why school pupils are ‘striking’ to protest climate change

Mia Sutherland is a 17-year-old student from Christchurch. She is passionate about the environment, education, and humanitarian issues. She is a member of the Christchurch School Strike 4 Climate team and has had a role in the organisation and preparation of the event.

Stuff – Climate change: Why are we striking?

I am not a business owner, dairy farmer, or professional in any field, so I don’t think I can tell them what to do. However, I am a teenager. This, I would argue, gives me a bit more knowledge of the teenage brain than the average Kiwi adult.

Therefore, I cannot say I was surprised when, as I was informing some fellow youths of the strike, one of my friends said “I just don’t really get why we’re striking”.

Living in New Zealand is, to put it simply, pretty breezy compared to other countries in the world.

Sure, we have our issues and not everyone has it easy, but our quality of life is generally higher than many, or most, other countries. So, it’s really easy for us to say “but why are we doing this again?” because we just don’t see the impacts.

So, to run it down for those of you teens who just don’t get it, here’s why:

She details:

  • Climate refugees and sea levels rising
  • Loss of habitat and polar bears

I could go on about equally catastrophic effects of climate change, but I believe I’ve made my point.

The impacts are not limited to developing countries and polar bears – it has come for all of us. We, as a global community, are fighting this fight together, whether we like it or not.

So, youth: is a world with bleached coral, melted ice, flooded homes, and frequent cyclones one you want to live in? On your deathbed will you be regretting how you skipped school to go to a history-making, change-forcing, international rally, or how you stayed in class because you had your geography internal?

History will be made on March 15th, from 1pm in your city’s chosen location. Check out the School Strike 4 Climate Facebook page for more information. This is our future, and this is how we shape it.

I’m not sure what history will be made. Reversing climate change will take more than some time off school for some protests. But at least it is trying to do something.

65 Comments

  1. adamsmith1922

     /  March 14, 2019

    I am sorry, but I totally disagree with this. It is meaningless virtue signalling which will achieve nothing.
    The actions of the Green Party in supporting this stupidity are totally reprehensible.

    • Zedd

       /  March 14, 2019

      ‘The actions of the Green Party in supporting this stupidity are totally reprehensible.’ sez U

      NO.. the Greens are ‘just doing what they/(we) do !’; highlighting over-pollution & degrading the environment.
      Obviously some folks, do think there is a place called ‘AWAY’ where it all ‘magically’ disappears to; “WAKE UP !”… this is called REALITY

      Aotearoa/NZ is a ‘Clean Green slogan & 100% Pure B-S’ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ :/

      • adamsmith1922

         /  March 14, 2019

        Just because I disagree with the strike does not mean I do not accept there is Climate Change. My perspective is that the strike is meaningless and will achieve nothing.
        Re 100% Pure it is total BS and always has been.
        I do not comprehend the erm over pollution, either there is pollution of there is not.

        • Zedd

           /  March 14, 2019

          So: YES there is an issue… but; NO we shouldnt do anything about it ??

          Protesting is about ‘raising the issue’ no one said it will ‘Solve all the problems’.. BUT; sticking your head in the sand will not ‘make it go away’ either.. (Ostrich alert) enuf sed :/ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

          • adamsmith1922

             /  March 14, 2019

            That is not what I wrote. My belief is that the strike is meaningless and will achieve nothing. That doesnโ€™t mean I am ignoring the issue, but simply that I view the strike as wrongheaded.

    • Duker

       /  March 14, 2019

      Mia and her school CAN do somthing – from next Monday morning
      They can ‘stop’ the school run where students are dropped off in cars, and instead students can ..cough cough… walk or cycle.
      No ifs no buts no maybes. A generation or 2 ago it was a small number who were driven to the school gate.
      So Mia work on getting your school a walk/cycle project . of course some exceptions could apply for special circumstances. but as they used to say . On your bike

    • Blazer

       /  March 14, 2019

      do you think its a bad thing for todays youth to take an interest in things that will affect their…lives?

      • adamsmith1922

         /  March 14, 2019

        No, but wagging school is just that. They could protest later in the day, or at the weekend.

  2. Corky

     /  March 14, 2019

    The Marxist education system likes them young. Is this child exploitation?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12210873

    • Patzcuaro

       /  March 14, 2019

      Just Marxist what about Marxist Leninist Statinist or Maoist but that maybe a different strand, then there is Trotsky and what about the Cubans, then you have the North Korea’s, do they fall under Russian or Chinese strand. And does Trump come as part of the North Korea package. I doubt anyone wants to have much to do with the Venezuelans at the moment no school lunches with them. So many many choices, this must doing the heads in of those young snowflakes

      • Corky

         /  March 14, 2019

        They, like 99% of Kiwis, are blissfully ignorant of what goes on in our education system.

        It matters not what strand Marxism we are talking about, all you need to know is it’s indoctrination of young impressionable minds.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  March 14, 2019

          I think it is called social democracy rather than Marxist Leninist

          • Corky

             /  March 14, 2019

            Call it whatever you want..it’s indoctrination. At least 1+1 will always equal 2. You can’t spin that.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  March 14, 2019

      The reds have escaped from under the bed and are now under the school desks, where next.

      • Corky

         /  March 14, 2019

        They never were under the bed. They hid/hide in plain sight.

      • Pink David

         /  March 14, 2019

        “The reds have escaped from under the bed and are now under the school desks, where next.”

        This is true. In the US, self identified Marxist Professors out number Conservative Professors 3:1

  3. lurcher1948

     /  March 14, 2019

    They should be at school learning math…ie how to divide a $100000 Communist Chinese party donation to the National Party by 10 to hide it fron the SFO and others,you know important stuff like that

  4. Zedd

     /  March 14, 2019

    The ‘Head in the sand’ C-C deniers, are sounding increasingly Irrelevant !

    “Power to the People !”

    hey PG; might see you in Octagon ? ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. lurcher1948

     /  March 14, 2019

    Thumbs down Corky,all that comment deserves

    • Zedd

       /  March 14, 2019

      tautoko Lurch ๐Ÿ™‚

      sounds like Corky lives on ‘MrTs fantasy Island’ :/

      • Corky

         /  March 14, 2019

        Can I ask if you were straight or blung when you made that comment, Zedd%?๐Ÿ˜†

        • Zedd

           /  March 14, 2019

          straight or blung… I hear you well, I think you have the wrong guy !

          btw: what are you on corky% ??

          • Corky

             /  March 14, 2019

            Straight as a lace.

            • Zedd

               /  March 14, 2019

              how boring…

            • Corky

               /  March 14, 2019

              Funny how many friends you don’t have when you give up drinking and dak. Everyone pats you on the back and says they are proud of you.
              The pat on the back is the death knell of your relationship with that person.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 14, 2019

              It can’t have been worth much, in that case.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2019

              Laces get twisted and tied up in knots.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 15, 2019

              HOW ? This is one of life’s mysteries, like the way that no matter how neatly a hose is rolled up, it’s tangled and knotted when it’s unrolled/

  6. lurcher1948

     /  March 14, 2019

    The SLG,called HDPA (a good NZ name)is joining the rightwing hatred”STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES”

    • Corky

       /  March 14, 2019

      โ€STUPID IS AS STUPID DOESโ€

      Sometimes it’s just too easy, Lurchy.
      ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ‘
      ”Thumbs down Corky, all that comment deserves.”

  7. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2019

    I am a teenager. This, I would argue, gives me a bit more knowledge of the teenage brain than the average Kiwi adult.

    This is why they’re always so surprised we know what they’re up to. They have no idea their parents were teenagers & haven’t forgotten the essentials of being one. Basically, they’re stupid, but it’ll be a few more years before they look back & notice that.

    Also, they spend too much time on their mobiles messaging their friends sitting next to them or walking along the street with them. And they walk out in front of your car while they’re doing it. Just saying.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 14, 2019

      Yes, we were all teenagers once; but it’s absurd to claim knowledge of the teenage brain as if they were clones.

      There was an ‘opinion piece’ (opinionated, more like) from a teenage girl in the Herald, It was so rude, one-eyed and aggressive that it will almost certainly put people’s backs up.

  8. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    • The Consultant

       /  March 14, 2019

      Tom Tomorrow? I thought he was dead. Certainly from the neck up, hence Blazer’s unconditional love for him.

      If the Greenies and their ilk actually believed in a “Climate Catastrophe” of such horrific scale they’d be advocating the bombing of every coal and gas-fired power plant in India and China.

      Can’t see that happening of course. Which is a great thing. Give peace a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Blazer

         /  March 15, 2019

        bombing everything and everyone back to the stone age is a right wing concept applauded by right wing morons…like yourself.

  9. Zedd

     /  March 14, 2019

    seems appropriate ?! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 14, 2019

      I was delighted to find an old LP of HAIR in an opshop, Sigh…where’s that time machine ?

  10. patu

     /  March 14, 2019

    I had a chat about this this with my teenaged son over dinner last night. His form class have been told that they can take the day off if they feel the need to, and there will be no consequences. The consensus amongst his peers is that it is a complete waste of time, will achieve nothing, and is for the junior students who are easily led. As he put it, “Fuck dad, if I wanted the day off, I’d just stay home without a BS excuse! I’ve got an internal (exam) on Friday, so I’ll be going to school”

    • Zedd

       /  March 14, 2019

      we all have our ‘priorities’ Patu; some of us think pollution & climate change are REAL & do matter to the health/well being of the planet & everything on it.. we want to see these things addressed; others are just concerned about Sex, Drugs, RocknRoll…. (& V8s ??)

      each to their own.. one thing is certain; the world will likely be a different place in 30-40 years. i wont be around to see it, but the generations growing up now, probably will ?

      Ignorance is bliss… so, some say

      nga mihi Y’all :/ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • patu

         /  March 14, 2019

        And how much difference will bunking school for a day make to any of the above? I’m proud that my boy puts his education ahead of virtue signalling

        • Conspiratoor

           /  March 14, 2019

          On yer patu. Our kids have more brains than we give them credif for

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 14, 2019

            ‘Where ignorance is bliss/Tis folly to be wise.’ In other words, ignorance per se is not bliss.

            Patu, I can’t see what the ‘strike’ will achieve; bugger all is the likely outcome, at a guess.

            • patu

               /  March 14, 2019

              No need to guess Kitty. All the strike will achieve is a whole lot of Facebook posts from prepubescents, telling everyone about how well they’ve done

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 14, 2019

              No, really ? ๐Ÿ˜€

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 14, 2019

              Rain is forecast for some places….and it’s going to be hot and humid.

              It was today; I was sweating like anything by the time I came home.

              Oh dear, poor little strikers !!!

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2019

              You should have a word to him about his fucken language patu. Where does he bloody pick that up from?

            • patu

               /  March 14, 2019

              @G He goes to public school, they all talk like that ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2019

              They all need their fucken arses kicked. Fucken Honk would’ve gone fkn apeshit if he heard us talking like that at school.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2019

              Must admit, we never got away with using that word at home, nor did dad, anywhere within earshot of mum. And even now, if I slip up down at ma’s I get “why do you have to use THAT word; don’t use that word”. And while I accept plenty of young ladies also use that word with abandon these days, and a few even did in my day, the nicest ones to get to know have always bee the ones who don’t.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 15, 2019

              I don’t use it often, but have found that even people who never do larf like anything when they hear about the magpies who fly around squawking ‘Fucking magpies ! Fucking magpies !’

  11. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 14, 2019

    The clueless marching for nothing. Sounds like an army.

  12. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 14, 2019

    A century ago we had no internet, no transistors, no computers, no knowledge of how atoms worked or of fundamental particles, no nuclear power or weapons, no commercial aeroplanes or helicopters or airports, no tv or bulldozers or containers or trucks or even household electricity

    And these children believe in a hundred years time we won’t have the knowledge or technology to deal with climate change. Not their fault, but the stupidity of the adults leading them.

  13. Patzcuaro

     /  March 14, 2019

    Virtue signalling from adamsmith1922, reds under the bed from Corky and Alan’s woke, a good spread of conservative hysteria all in one thread.

    • Corky

       /  March 14, 2019

      Still floundering around, Patz? Don’t worry. Those cute snowflakes will do you proud tomorrow. BTW, HDA interviewed one. When the snowflake was asked what she would do
      to counter CC, she didn’t know. Why aren’t I surprised.๐Ÿ˜†

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 15, 2019

        I am not sure that you know the meaning of snowflake (in the metaphorical sense)