Hey guys, If you have been tuning in to the news or social media lately you would have seen a lot of articles on a Climate Walkout. The Climate Walkout was set on September 20, three days before the world leaders met at the Climate Summit and its purpose was to let leaders know that change needs to happen. The strike was to demand action be taken to address climate change. People all across the world, 4,500 locations in 150 countries, gathered to protest and share their thoughts with clever posters and chanting. Millions walkout out of class and work to support. Or did they?
Many schools released statements that at a specific time if you were a certain age you could leave. This idea defeats the whole purpose of a walkout. A walkout is defined as a sudden angry departure, especially as a protest or strike. Walkouts used to be about the shock value and making a statement. A school saying they are okay with you leaving and they will let you go during a certain time makes the meaning mute.
Schools allowing students to leave defeats the purpose, but I understand the argument of why. In the age of more concerned parents and dangerous situations, the school needs to know where you are when you are in their care. Though this is a major reason I do not think it overshadows the need to make a statement and a change.
Would you leave? Does the topic of discussion change the requirements? Does this walkout stand for something bigger? As in should we lower the voting age since more and more young people are contributing and sharing their views.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments below!
See you next time,