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Published on Oct 4, 2019
#FridaysForFuture I have dedicated my life to teaching ecological sanity within an insane human society where an abstract concept like money is valued more highly than life itself. I am suffering from cancer at the present time (2019) and so I speak haltingly, addressing young people with a challenge, and reminding them that they have much more power than they know.
The weekly school strike is more important than missing a day of school. The strike is more important than going to school altogether! And since I am a teacher, that is a pretty radical thing to say. But there will be no meaningful jobs or careers, ostensibly the reason we give kids for their going to school, if the protests and strikes are not successful.
So I urge young people to expand the school strikes from one day a week to 2, then 3, etc. When millions of kids start staying out of school multiple days a week as a climate protest, that's when governments will know that must change. It's not just a matter of 'moral suasion'. Schools and schools systems get funding based upon student attendance. Have a whole lot of students skipping a whole lot of school days as a protest and believe me, things will start to happen behind the scenes.
The ancient Greek play Lysistrata tells of how the women of early Rome stopped a war between feuding tribes (the Romans and the Sabines) by refusing sex with their men until the battle was cancelled. If the young folks will emulate that strategy I believe it will work.