The kids are again proving they give a shit.
"Youth Strike 4 Climate Derry'" is being led by Foyle College student, 17-year-old Jodi Desmond, who has been inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, who has called on students all over the world to strike on Fridays in protest against climate change.
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The lead-up to the protest was met with some discouragement from politicians and pundits in Australia, imploring them to stay in school and strike outside of school hours.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struck a different tone.
"This is a lesson in itself", she said when asked about criticism of students missing school to attend. "It's your future and you're fighting for it", Ardern said, according to Stuff.co.nz. "But keep doing everything that you can to bring people with you because we cannot do this alone".
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While in Auckland, thousands of protestors made their voices heard.
They also want greater regulation of the agriculture industry, which they say accounts for nearly half of New Zealand's emissions.
"For action on issues that they think is important, they should do that after school or on weekends", Australia's Minister for Education Dan Tehan told reporters ahead of protests in Melbourne.
While numerous protesters are likely to be university students, a large number are also expected to be high school students. Although this is a youth strike, organizers have invited all community members to participate.More news: Murdoch's News Corp wants Google split up in Australia