School's out for 'climate inaction' as students protest in Kelowna

Students walk out of classes in Vancouver for a Climate Strike on Friday

Students walk out of classes in Vancouver for a Climate Strike on Friday

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year-old Swedish student, started an global movement of students by deciding to protest climate change instead of going to class one Friday.

Environmental activist David Suzuki participated in the student-led protest. It predicts climate change will become practically irreversible after the year 2030 without a 45 percent reduction in carbon emissions. The demonstrators were given instructions on the chants they would be using before heading out to walk around the city's core.

While many expected consequences when they head back to class, they're more concerned about the consequences of climate change.

Greta Thunberg is the 16 year old Swede who founded the School Strike for Climate in November 2018.

Similar marches were held across the province and throughout the country.

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Listen to Ella Kokelj and others at the student protest on Friday's Mornings at the Cabin podcast (segment starts at 19:08).

The last youth climate strike took place in March and another is expected to be held on September 27.

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Those actions range from implementing carbon pricing - due to take effect this summer - through to improved monitoring, the establishment of new protected areas, and managing forests to improve their carbon capture.

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