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This Is Why Everyone Is Mad About The Climate Strike School Kids

Thousands of children will walk out of school in protest for action on climate change -- and lots of people are unhappy about it.

Friday marks the second instalment of the national School Strike 4 Climate rallies, with thousands -- some projections up into the tens of thousands -- of students to gather in public squares from major cities to small towns.

Young Australians will call for their elders to take drastic action on man-made global warming.

The Aussie events are just one part of a global strike movement, with people in 90 countries worldwide participating in their own events.

"We are school students from cities and towns across Australia. Most of us have never met before but are united by our concern about our planet," the group said.

"We are striking from school to tell our politicians to take our futures seriously and treat climate change for what it is -- a crisis.

"We are temporarily sacrificing our educations to save our futures from dangerous climate change."

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And it's that last point which has got politicians, conservative commentators and media outlets hopping mad -- because yes, the students will be taking time off school on a Friday to protest.
More than 50 rallies are scheduled around the country, from huge events at Sydney's Town Hall and Brisbane's Queens Gardens, to smaller protests in Mackay, Moruya, Orange and Albury. Students nationwide will close their books, pack their bags and hit the streets.
And it has riled up many.

Odd comparisons to the Chinese revolution aside, there is also a lot of support for the striking children.

Greens and Labor politicians have led the calls backing the striking students.

Many people claimed that protesting for climate change action was a far better reason for missing school than some of the excuses they once used to miss a day of class.

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley backed the students, while federal ALP leader Bill Shorten came under fire on Thursday for what some thought was a less than full-throated support of the action.

"Kids are allowed to have an opinion. In an ideal world, they would protest after school hours or on weekends," he said.

"But it's a bit rich of the Government to lecture school kids for going on strike about climate. This Government's been on strike about climate policy for the last five-and-a-half years. They really are not the best role models for the kids on climate policy, are they?"

While conservative politicians and identities quibble over whether it's right for students to skip a day of school in protest for what they see as a critically important issue, it's fair to point out that the demonstrators have clear and coherent hopes for what they want to achieve.

Their three top demands are "stop the Adani coal mine", "no new coal or gas", and "100 percent renewable energy by 2030", according to the Strike's official website.

It is unclear how schools will respond to students who don't turn up to class on Friday.

Some have reportedly blocked access to strike websites on school computers, while other schools have backed their pupils to take part in the action.

One teacher from a Moruya school, who is also standing as a Greens candidate in the NSW state election, is reportedly under investigation by the education department for appearing to endorse and promote the strikes last week.

"In Australia, education is viewed as immensely important, and a key way to make a difference in the world," the strike website concedes.

"But simply going to school isn’t doing anything about climate change. And it doesn’t seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either."

So, thousands of people will rally across Australia and the world on Friday, calling for climate action.

What effect it will have is hard to predict.

But we'll be there to bring you some of the action, so check back on 10 daily on Friday for all the colour and movement from what is to be a loud and vibrant event in Sydney.

Contact the author jobutler@networkten.com.au