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March march: Youngsters take to the streetsPICTURES: PAUL GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY

A united call for immediate action on climate change will echo through the streets of Queenstown tomorrow (Friday) as part of a global protest.

The Queenstown Climate Strike, ‘a peaceful march for change’, is part of a week-long programme of strikes held across 170 countries, calling for leaders to make environmental issues a priority.

Last Friday, more than four million people protested worldwide and tomorrow is New Zealand’s turn.

Council candidate AJ Mason, who’s behind tomorrow’s event, says Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s United Nations message can’t be ignored.

“At the UN, Greta Thunberg said that if we chose to fail we will never be forgiven. That’s absolutely true, but it’s also true that we can choose not to fail.

“That’s what the climate strike on Friday is all about.”

The protest kicks off at 3.30pm at the Queenstown Gardens rotunda, before heading to Earnslaw Park.

In March, a ‘School Strike for Climate’ event saw about 150 students, families and locals hit Queenstown streets.

Meanwhile, climate activist group Extinction Rebellion is organising a “counter-conference” to coincide with the New Zealand Petroleum Summit, to be held at Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel on September 30 and October 1.

miranda.cook@scene.co.nz