AUSD supports students' rights to collective action and free speech, and students won't be disciplined for their activities on March 15.
The demonstrations are part of a broader grassroots movement started by Swedish student Greta Thunberg when she started skipping class to sit outside government buildings in September, accusing her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement. Although there is not an organized strike at BHS, the environmental club, Leader in Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP), will have a petition for Vermont legislature encouraging them to have stronger policies on climate change.
Even though the youth might not be in power, BHS junior Wyatt Rollins is glad that young people are leading the climate movement.
"Our students are demonstrating leadership and passion when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change, and they deserve our full support", said Fall River teacher Kurt Ostrow, who recently introduced a new business item supporting the climate strike that the MTA Board of Directors passed unanimously.
However, he said the challenge for them is that it landed on a school day. Now they are just debating how fast or what we need to do.
NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes had warned students and teachers against attending the rally saying, "the law is very clear, this is a notified school day, kids should be at school".
"We appreciate the work our students are doing to engage in the political process and raise their voices to affect change, especially about the topic of environmentalism", said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. Thousands of students have followed her example ever since.
"While failing to take the necessary actions to protect health, we are also missing out on the potential to improve our quality of life now and for our children's future".
"The open letter stresses that the efforts students are making in planning school strikes matter".
American teen Kate Anchondo, who is organizing a school strike in San Diego, California, said: "I am anxious, and angry that we let it get this far". Their demands will also be directed at the federal and provincial governments, which they say should halt any new fossil fuel projects, as well as place an immediate ban on logging old growth forests to preserve their critical role as carbon sinks.
"When I saw this was happening, I was like "okay, gotta make a banner", she said.
Can you tell us a little about how Climate Leaders started and what you aim to achieve through the initiative? The world's children are reminding us that we have a big debt to repay and an earth to fix and restore.