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Speaking during leaders' questions in the Dail last week, Leo Varadkar said it is positive that young people are going to protest as part of the School Strike for Climate Action this Friday.

This follows the massive climate strike in December previous year, inspired by Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, who sparked a global movement by camping out outside of the Swedish Parliament every Friday. I want you to panic.

"I am very conflicted about [the strike] because any time you're missing school you are missing important content", she said. "But the reality is far different".

Activists in the USA are making similar demands that are found in Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: a swift transition to 100 percent renewable energy, a complete abolition of fossil fuels and other environmental mandates.

The protests come on the heels of the call for a Green New Deal, also proposed by youth activists, which demands radical policy initiatives be put in place in order to curb human's involvement in climate change.

Whether students should be striking during school time was a decision for students and their parents, Ardern told local media earlier in the day.

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It was a complex project but one that was absolutely worth it. On March 15th an worldwide school strike will send a clear message to policy makers around the world for urgent action against ecological collapse.

In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister condemned the climate strike as wasteful of teachers' time.

By now you may have heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who started the #FridaysForFuture movement. Rather than seeing the vibrant colours of an abundant and biodiverse coral population, all I saw was white lifeless coral skeletons. Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can 'solve the climate crisis.' But the climate crisis has already been solved. "That may take a couple of years and I'll just have to try to be patient".

Right now, they say, they've got bigger things to worry about. What is the sentiment like among your peers at school?

In the U.S., a national strike is planned in Washington, D.C., along with strikes in almost 50 states.

"[Strikers are] letting the school know that [climate change is] actually serious and we need to be doing this Not just the school, people in general like the community and everyone around the community", she said.

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Furthermore, our age often lets us down.

"And our government refused to listen". However in the upcoming federal election, there are some beacons of hope for climate action.

"Climate change affects the people that contribute the least to it."
There are those who are cynical that it is young people themselves coordinating this action.

A TEDx talk she delivered on climate change now carried on TED's main website has garnered more than 1.2 million views and last month Thunberg joined protests in Belgium, where she won a European Union pledge to spend billions of euros to combat climate change.

The strike previous year drew the ire of PM Scott Morrison who implored children to stay in school.

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