Bangkok students to ditch school Friday for global ‘climate strike’

A Chiang Mai University student holds a sign during the March 15 climate strike event. Photo: Greenpeace Thailand / Twitter
A Chiang Mai University student holds a sign during the March 15 climate strike event. Photo: Greenpeace Thailand / Twitter

Bangkok students will ditch classes tomorrow to demand action on climate change in the second such global walk-out to take place this year.

Students and their supporters will converge late Friday morning on the National Stadium and march to Ratchaprasong intersection with Climate Strike Thailand in a bid to encourage, cajole and shame the government into taking notice.

“The biggest thing is to actually get the government to care about all of this,” organizer Nanticha “Lynn” Ocharoenchai said.

Nanticha, 21, was still a student at Chulalongkorn University in March when she brought people together for the first Climate Strike action.

She says that the second event will be more focused on offering solutions than merely complaining. In place of a generic approach, Lynn said they will make demands “specifically tailored to Bangkok” regarding improvements to public transportation, green spaces, plastic consumption, fossil fuels and more.

To that end, a petition has been created for the public to sign. The climate strike youth movement began late last year with Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, who launched a solo protest at her nation’s Parliament. She said she refused to attend school due to the inaction by adults to take action to preserve the world for her future.

The 16-year-old’s weekly protests drew notice and spread, culminating in a mass global event on March 15 that saw an estimated 1.4 million students in about 2,000 cities worldwide walk out in protest.

Those looking to join in Bangkok are encouraged to show up at 11am at the northern side of the stadium, a short walk from BTS National Stadium.

Climate Strike Bangkok
11am, Friday, May 24
The National Stadium

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