“What do we want? CLIMATE JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW!… Now can I get back to class?”
Micah Geiringer and Ollie Langridge (read the article here) are two of an increasing number of people willing to inconvenience themselves and their own lives, in order to call for action on climate change. However, these school students faced personal consequences for their actions, perhaps most importantly, affecting their own education by missing up to 100 days of school. While Michael claims he doesn’t have any regrets, instead choosing to focus on the bigger picture of what his future will hold, is this a choice we should be promoting for our students, our leaders of tomorrow? For me, the answer is a Big. Fat. YES.
There is a lot to be learnt
during protests, involving education on the current climate we are living in,
how we are affecting it, and what our future looks like if we keep going at
this rate. Furthermore, there is a lot to learn about who we are
affecting, the different groups and individuals who will be impacted by our
careless actions. For instance, in a first-world country such as NZ, it is
important to recognise that our actions will firstly impact citizens in
third-world countries. While many of us would claim to care deeply about groups
of people living in third-world countries known to face extreme poverty, are we
aware that when we are wasteful with resources, support the meat & dairy
industry, or use uneconomical amounts of fuel, we are directly making their
lives more challenging. This happens as our emissions increase the temperature
of their climates, our rubbish increases the amount of waste that will be
dumped in their surrounding oceans. Are we aware that these actions are raising
the water levels of the ocean, ultimately drowning the homes of people living
on small islands? Are we aware that after this happens to them, it will happen
to us? I don’t think we are, and until school is educating students of these
issues, it is important this information is found elsewhere.
However, beyond just educating
ourselves, students attending protests drives home the point to our leaders
that unless serious changes are implemented, there will be unimaginable consequences
for their replacements – the children of today. We are directly showing them
how urgent this issue is and how seriously we take it. By protesting, students are not looking to skip school, they are taking actions that will
help create a better future for everyone. Ultimately, they are establishing
a future that they will be able to use their education in.
The interesting thing about protesting for the environment and for climate justice is that it is both selfless and selfish at the same time. While students are protesting for a better future for themselves, they are also protesting for a better future for every single human on earth. Every single one! People are often unaware that climate change will ultimately impact all of us negatively: there is nothing beneficial about living in a world in which we cannot breathe the fresh air, in which we cannot swim in the ocean, in which we cannot survive as a species. Unlike many other protest movements, there is not a single group who will be negatively impacted by the changes being demanded.
Ultimately, we will all benefit from climate justice. Likewise, we will all be negatively impacted if changes are not made. So yes, this issue is serious and yes it is urgent and yes it must be listened to – ASAP. If the adults leading and living in our world will not make the necessary changes for our future, then us students must make them ourselves.
Of course education is important, but we must first look after the world that we are educated in. So stop being wasteful and start being resourceful, stop letting people tell you this isn’t an issue and start educating them on its urgency, and most importantly – get out into the streets and demand change. It’s now or never, kids!
On Sunday, “Fortnite” became unavailable to play after it was sucked into a virtual black hole. Millions of fans around the world are in a state of shock.
This was part of an event called “The End” wrapping up Season 10 of the popular game.
Videos of the event show what appear to be projectiles falling from the sky, concluding with a black hole sucking up every single piece of the game, then going dark.
The Twitter account for “Fortnite” now features a single tweet: a live video feed of the black hole.
At this stage, it is not exactly clear when “Fortnite” will be available again.
The last several seasons of “Fortnite” have launched on Thursdays, although because of the timing of Season 10’s ending, it could happen sooner.
Some experts just believe that Fortnite is just doing work on their servers and getting ready for the next season. Other people believe that this might be the end of the game forever. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Spark Sport has gotten bigger and bigger the past few months. Sky has been the main broadcaster of sports in NZ the past 20 years, but recently new company Spark Sport has bought the rights off Sky for many events, such as the Rugby World Cup, Blackcaps matches, WTA Tennis, NBA, Premier League Football, Hockey, Formula Racing and a few others.
Premier League Football was a big addition to Spark Sport, and the main reason that people have switched to Spark instead of Sky. Just last week Spark secured the rights for the Blackcaps matches in New Zealand, though Sky made a big move by securing the rights to all domestic rugby, such as Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup.
Although Spark is securing the rights to the most favoured sports in NZ, thousands of people were left disappointed after an All Blacks World Cup game had a stream failure and it had to be changed to TVNZ. So, do you think Spark Sport will become the main sport broadcaster in NZ? Or will Sky prove that 20 years of experience can keep them at the top?