Pupils to strike for climate change again tomorrow

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Looking after the future . . . Dunedin School Strike 4 Climate co-ordinators (from left) Abe Baillie, Finn McKinlay, Linea Simons and Zak Rudin (all 17), all of Logan Park High School, are set to lead tomorrow's strike. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

School pupils are set to strike again tomorrow in a bid to get the Government to take legal action for climate justice.

Dunedin School Strike 4 Climate co-ordinators Finn McKinlay, Zak Rudin, Linea Simons and Abe Baillie will lead the strike from Logan Park High School, through the University of Otago campus and along George St to the Octagon.

They expect to arrive in the Octagon about 1pm.

The Logan Park High School pupils said it was their “moral obligation” to call out the New Zealand Government on its shortcomings, following insufficient action on the climate crisis and a “weak” Zero Carbon Bill.

They are demanding a climate emergency and an end to all fossil fuel extraction.

Zak said it was important people realised there was a sense of urgency.

“When the Government does declare a climate emergency it’s definitely not over for us,” he said.

“We will be continuing to push our demands and making sure the Government follows through on their promises.”

Abe said they heard “nice words” from politicians all the time but action was needed.

“We have all the science, we have all the knowledge but no-one is putting it into action.”

Finn said: “Words are nice, but we’ve also had words for 30 years.”

The group called for the Minerals Forum, set to be held in Dunedin next week, to be cancelled, as it aimed to create further fossil fuel deals.

The previous strike, which about 1500 people joined, was held on March 15.

Finn said tomorrow’s strike would be similar “but a lot bigger, because we made a point but there’s still a lot of contention and division”.

Abe said the event would be fun and family-friendly.

Although climate change primarily affected young people, the whole world was at stake, he said.

“Everyone’s welcome.”

School Strike 4 Climate was not a one-off parade, the group said.

Since they were under 18 and could not vote for change, they were forced to fight for their survival through other means.

“We need bold action now.”