Students set to march


Queenstown students will take to the streets to protest climate change inaction on Friday.

The Student March for Climate Action is a nationwide strike, organised by high school students, to raise awareness of the need to tackle climate change.

The Queenstown march will start at the Queenstown Gardens rotunda at 2.45pm, and will wind its way along Marine Parade and around the lake to
the One Mile roundabout.

A smaller group of students are planning to walk roughly 10km from the high school into town.

The students are expected to march despite the threat of being labelled truants.

In the latest Wakatipu High School newsletter, principal Steve Hall says the school’s supporting a group of students who are part of its environmental
group, but for other students, ”normal attendance procedures will apply”.

If parents explain their absence, they’ll be marked `explained and unjustified’. No parental explanation will earn them a truant tag.

Sustainable Queenstown co-founder Esther Whitehead says ”impacts related to climate change are evident across regions around the whole globe” – and time is running out.

”Our young people are aware of this from an early age, and they’re keen to hear their voices heard.

”I am also interested in getting a youth representative on our local Climate Strategy process being led by council.

”They inherit the future we have given them, so actively participating and learning about the issues while they are young is really promising to me.”

In August 2018, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg initiated a movement by striking from school and protesting outside the Swedish Parliament building, she is demanding her country adhere to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Greta’s went on to talk at UN Climate Change COP24 conference and has since sparked a global movement of school children standing up for their future and demanding that the worlds decision makers act now, before its too late #thereisnoplanetb