Thousands of NZ students demand urgent climate action

Students and teachers pouring into Aotea Square for the Strike 4 Climate action day today. Image: David Robie/PMC

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Thousands of school students, teachers and climate advocates gathered at cities across New Zealand today to kickstart the global Strike 4 Climate action day.

More than 3000 students packed into Aotea Square in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, in a vibrant display of enthusiasm in their call for urgent and real change by politicians.

Brightly coloured placards proclaimed “Stop global warming”, “Stop destroying – start caring”, “I would be at school if the Earth was cool” and “Our planet is dying and all you can think about is truancy” as the students called for action, not talk, by governments.

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In the capital Wellington, at least 2000 spirited students and their supporters descended on Parliament, reports RNZ Pacific.

The lawn in front of the Beehive was packed with young protesters this morning and chants like, “No more coal, no more oil, keep your carbon in the soil” surely reached the politicians inside.

A cool message from Auckland school climate protesters today. Image: David Robie/PMC
Global warming placard by the Auckland Town Hall today. Image: David Robie/PMC
“Stop destroying” the planet placard in Auckland’s Aotea Square today. Image: David Robie/PMC
Climate protesting students gather outside Auckland’s Town Hall today. Image: David Robie/PMC

Thousands of school students and youth march down Auckland’s Queen St for their climate protest. Video: Cafe Pacific

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