The marches are part of a worldwide student strike movement, which started in August 2018 when 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg began protesting outside her parliament on school days.
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese stood on the sideline nodding in agreeance to the speeches as another student from Nelson College said there needed to be "carbon neutrality by 2050" and the world should be "preparing for climate change and building resilience now". With little action from the national government, time is running out, and many teens are fearful for both the present and future condition of the climate.
We are grateful that in the first "Steering Committee Meeting on Climate Change" in 2016, the Chief Executive explicitly identified the need to "formulate and communicate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies by 2020" and address the challenge as a "responsible member of the global community". "Why go to school if we won't have a future?" asked U.S. Youth Climate Strike leader Alexandria Villasenor in an interview with the Nation.
A homemade poster of Greta Thunberg adorns her bedroom wall, as does the homemade placard that she brought on a recent children's rally on climate action.
Nine councils have now indicated in response to letters from Scottish Green MSPs that they won't pursue punitive action against young people taking part.
But Environment Secretary Michael Gove backed the protesting children, saying in a video: "Dear school climate strikers, we agree".
Students play with an inflatable globe as they march to demand action on climate change in Rome Friday
"Australia is in the thick of the climate crisis", the invite says.
Morning rain cleared in time for the masses to come together at 12.30pm, all with the same objective - to support an global movement for governments to make changes towards preserving the planet.
"I think we have reached a tipping point where enough scientists are telling it like it is and not being so afraid of being alarmist", Thunberg told New Scientist on Wednesday, adding it's been frustrating that many people are paying more attention to her age than the issue at hand.
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But Tully has been on the trail of climate activism for some time.
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