“How dare you,” 16-year-old Greta Thunberg asked world leaders at Monday’s UN Climate Action Summit in New York in a passionate speech heard around the globe.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched out on Sept. 20 to call for change. People from as far away as Kenya and Antarctica held signs and added to the booming movement on social media causing the #ClimateStrike to go viral online.
@SD22Vernon This is the most important issue of our generation – Students want their voices to be heard! We cannot afford to waste time. Join us, Sept 27th and fight for your future‼️ #vernonbc #climatestrike #GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/CdsLkwiysn
— Earth Strike Vernon (@ES_Vernon) September 20, 2019
Even students in Kelowna turned out in front of City Hall to speak their piece.
Dozens of people are in front of Kelowna City Hall to create more awareness and action around climate change. pic.twitter.com/mQk01ckbqC
— Connor Trembley (@ConnorTrembley) September 20, 2019
Students in Vernon, however, will march this Friday.
“We know students may want to attend the upcoming Climate Justice Strike and admire their stance for a better tomorrow,” School District No. 22 media spokeswoman Maritza Reilly said.
— Earth Strike Vernon (@ES_Vernon) September 25, 2019
“We would like to remind students that Friday remains a regular instructional day; however, students of School District 22 are free to exercise their democratic rights,” Reilly said.
But there is a caveat.
Written permission from parents or guardians must be provided to the school in order for students to leave school.