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    Climate Strike: Playing hooky for the environment



    I am sure there must be another 20+ causes they can think of that need a few students to march on the street for an hour and lots to skip a day of school

    What causes do you think need students support (by skipping school)?

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    Why do they need to skip school to march? The last time the students took to the streets, they left behind a few squatters in Central.

    Also, has the organiser been cleared by the police to organise a public assembly?

    EDB has voiced their concerns:

    The Education Bureau on Wednesday expressed firm disapproval of a planned strike by students next month, in which they are to join a global movement by school children calling for urgent action on climate change.

    Local students are planning to strike on the morning of Friday, March 15 the same day as students in hundreds of other cities around the world as part of a global grassroots movement.
    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/compone...4-20190227.htm

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    As is often said (in various forms), If youre not a socialist before youre 25, you have no heart. If you are a socialist after 25, you have no head.

    A dose of realism always helps, especially when you know the kids, rather like a cat playing the piano, aren't the ones pulling the strings....

    https://twitter.com/sunrisemvmt/stat...75460649107458


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    I'd rather see kids making the effort of doing something than sitting on their hands playing video games or playing on their phones. Generations of people since the 60s have been mostly concerned about themselves so it would be nice to turn a corner and start pushing the older generations out of the way to pave for change. It may fizzle out and be nothing but every fire must start with a spark. I would never try to dissuade a kid trying to get involved positively. Anyway, what's a day of school... any half decent student can make that up in an hour or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem
    I'd rather see kids making the effort of doing something than sitting on their hands playing video games or playing on their phones. Generations of people since the 60s have been mostly concerned about themselves so it would be nice to turn a corner and start pushing the older generations out of the way to pave for change. It may fizzle out and be nothing but every fire must start with a spark. I would never try to dissuade a kid trying to get involved positively. Anyway, what's a day of school... any half decent student can make that up in an hour or two.
    Obviously the most pressing issue in HK for kids would be democracy. Agree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast

    What causes do you think need students support (by skipping school)?
    My daughter's Catholic school in the US required the girls to go to the Right to Life March in January (always cold) on the Roe v. Wade anniversary. If you did not want to go, you COULD get approved to do some community service thing that day but the pressure was on to go (and also attend the pre-march right-to-life mass)...

    I told her not to tell how she had gone (as a 2-year-old) to a pro-choice march with her mother...

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast
    Obviously the most pressing issue in HK for kids would be democracy. Agree?
    No and it's not for old farts to decide what is most important to young people. My personal viewpoint is that the right to vote for one corrupt person over another is less important than a global threat that may wipe out countries, cost billions of dollars and countless lives is more important. I prefer the maxim "think globally and act locally". Of course, you can argue that a government that isn't democratic is less likely to act for the people but making changes doesn't have to be driven only by government.

    In any case, deciding what cause is most important is totally subjective and a personal decision based on your own values and morals. As i said, it's not for others to tell people about what they should protest about...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem
    No and it's not for old farts to decide what is most important to young people. My personal viewpoint is that the right to vote for one corrupt person over another is less important than a global threat that may wipe out countries, cost billions of dollars and countless lives is more important. I prefer the maxim "think globally and act locally". Of course, you can argue that a government that isn't democratic is less likely to act for the people but making changes doesn't have to be driven only by government.

    In any case, deciding what cause is most important is totally subjective and a personal decision based on your own values and morals. As i said, it's not for others to tell people about what they should protest about...
    So you would have no issue if the kids did decide that democracy for HK was the most important thing to protest about?

    Awaiting some meandering waffle, rather than a - 'yeah, whatever they choose is fine'
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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast
    So you would have no issue if the kids did decide that democracy for HK was the most important thing to protest about?

    Awaiting some meandering waffle, rather than a - 'yeah, whatever they choose is fine'
    Whatever they choose is fine (unless it is something racist). Personally looking at the big picture I think climate change IS more important than lack of democracy. The former is likely to kill more humans than the latter over time. Both are very important however and they could protest about both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast
    So you would have no issue if the kids did decide that democracy for HK was the most important thing to protest about?

    Awaiting some meandering waffle, rather than a - 'yeah, whatever they choose is fine'
    Why would I judge what people are protesting for? I have a lot more respect for people that take action than those criticizing from the comfort of their sofas.
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