The country’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa,
is backing the school students striking for climate action
across the country today.
Te Riu Roa President Liam Rutherford says the
organisation “fully supports tamariki and educators who are
going to be out there” taking part.
“NZEI Te Riu Roa
fully supports the
goals of the School Strike 4 Climate movement, which
include the removal of fossil fuels, the move towards 100%
renewables, a Just Transition, support for our Pacific
neighbours, and, obviously, really good quality climate
education”, says Rutherford.
NZEI Te Riu Roa Community
Campaigner Conor Twyford, whose role includes climate change
campaigning, says the strikes are an important experience
for the many young people who want to see greater action
taken to address climate change.
“In my travels around
the country, educators have made it very clear to me that
taking social action on climate change and other social
issues should be an important and integral part of young
people’s education. Speaking up and challenging the
government on climate justice is also one way that young
people can address their grief and anxiety regarding what is
happening to our planet.”
NZEI Te Riu Roa members and
staff will join today’s School Strike events taking part
across the country – including in Wellington, where the
union’s National Executive will be attending the rally at