School strike for climate change NZ - what's happening where?

Thousands of school children went on strike and did not go to school demanding climate change action in central London March 15th 2019, Central London, United Kingdom. The strike is inspired by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school girl who in 2018 went on school strike to make adults and lawmakers take climate change action. (photo by Kristian Buus/In Pictures via Getty Images)
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Thousands of Kiwi school children will walk out of classes on Friday, as part of the School Strike 4 Climate protests.

New Zealanders will join with more than 40 other countries in a global protest for action on climate change.

New Zealand protesters are demanding the Government "do more" to solve the issue of global warming.

In a list of demands published to the strike website, protesters are asking for an effective Zero Carbon Act to be passed, giving New Zealand a long term plan for carbon neutrality.

They also want all exploration and extraction of fossil fuels to stop immediately, and are asking for investments to be made into renewable energy alternatives.

The list of demands also asks for the Governments plans to reach emission targets to be "fast tracked, well planned and transparent."

Protests are planned all throughout New Zealand - so if you're looking to get involved, here's what's going on where:

 

Wellington - Protesters will gather at 10am at Civic Square, followed by a march down Lambton Quay to Parliament. Speakers are expected.

Auckland - Midday at Aotea Square. No march is planned, but musicians, speakers and spoken word poetry is expected. 

Dunedin - Expected to start at midday with a march down George Street, then a rally in the Octagon.

Christchurch - Kicking off at 1pm at Cathedral Square - music, guest speakers and cultural showcases from local schools.

Events are also planned for Nelson, Raglan, Hamilton, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Russell, Lower Hutt and Kapiti.

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