NZEI supports student action
over climate change
11 March 2019
NZEI Te Riu Roa supports young people who are planning to strike for climate justice this Friday.
While the strike will largely be attended by secondary school students, NZEI is aware that some primary students will
attend with whānau.
"Today's children will be the ones who have to live with the consequences of adults' apathy and inaction over the past
few decades. They're rightly angry, and it's about time politicians around the globe started thinking beyond the next
electoral cycle," said NZEI President Lynda Stuart.
Ms Stuart said having an understanding of environmental, political and social issues was part of the curriculum.
"Some primary-aged children are passionate about these issues and plan to attend climate change rallies with their
families this Friday. It will be important that they liaise with their school about attending," she said.
"I know many schools will use Friday's action as a springboard for discussions about the environment and related
Ms Stuart has joined more than 1200 New Zealand professors, researchers and educators in signing an open letter
supporting young citizens taking strike action around the globe this Friday.
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.