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15 March 2019
Schalmont senior to lead climate school strike Friday

Thousands of students worldwide are expected to walk out of class for the Friday protest, much as US children and teens did previous year for the National School Walkout on gun control, spurred by the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students from around the Capital Region plan to skip out of school Friday as part of a global youth climate strike, calling on lawmakers to prioritize efforts to combat climate change.

RTÉ's Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly met some Dublin students who are intent on protesting on Friday. "The strikes so far have students in a hundred countries confirmed participating around the globe", Carla Galea, the KSU President, said today. "It is the biggest threat in human history and we will not accept the world's decision-makers" inaction that threatens our entire civilisation.

"Those in power are not only betraying us, and taking away our future, but are responsible for the climate crisis that's unfolding in horrendous ways around the world".

The March 15 protest isn't the first of its kind.

One of the strike organisers, Year 13 student Molly Doyle said she believes the strike is the best way to create awareness of the situation.

"It is truly inspiring to see young people, led by brilliant young women, making their voices heard and demanding urgent climate action".

"Everyone is needed. Everyone is welcome", she wrote.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month.

Ever since Thunberg began her protest in August 2018, students in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Poland, Thailand, Colombia, and Uganda have staged similar school walkout protests to pressure government officials to look into climate change.

"We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change", said the platform posted online. I hope so. Everyone talks about the climate now.