Timaru pupils to join climate strike

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by Greta Yeoman

Timaru school pupils are expected to join global climate action tomorrow.

The pupil-led “climate strike” will include a gathering outside Timaru District Council at 12.45pm on Friday, just one of many around New Zealand and the world.

It is the first time New Zealand schools have taken part in the global movement, led by pupils.

It has been inspired by 16-year-old Swedish school pupil Greta Thunberg who has been striking from school every Friday since August last year, in protest at inaction on climate change.

A group of intermediate school pupils in Central Victoria, Australia, took the protest international last year and it has now spread to New Zealand.

The “School Strike 4 Climate NZ” Timaru event will begin at 12.45pm on Friday, on the footpath outside the Timaru District Council office, in King George Pl.

It is expected to conclude by 1.30pm so pupils can bus back to their schools.

The Timaru attendees are expected to be joined by thousands of other pupils in the main centres of New Zealand and smaller areas.

For more information, visit www.schoolstrike4climatenz.com.