Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
In Belgium, students striking for the climate has been going on for a few weeks, but in the Netherlands there will not be a national climate march during school hours until this Thursday. Pupils from some schools will travel with buses to The Hague, but not everyone will take to the streets. …
Mette van Hell, 17 years old, in Ede, will strike:
“I’m going to the climate march, though I am not allowed to. I asked if the school could meet me halfway, but they said that it was not allowed. So, I’ll be really playing truant. So I’ll be absent and I will have to stay on for hours.”
“I think it’s very important to go. I’ve also read about Greta Thunberg in Sweden who started it. I’m inspired by her, it keeps me thinking. I feel quite helpless, I can take a shower for a shorter time and I can eat less meat. But that does not immediately cause things to change and cause politicians to actually take concrete steps, which is why I think this is a good way: young people have an interest in this. …
Gabriel Nijland, 16 years old, in Bilthoven:
“I will go with a group of 100 people of my school. We will at first gather at Utrecht Central Station and then we will leave for The Hague, where some supervisors will check if everyone is there.”
“I’m going to strike for the climate because I think it’s important to take good care of the environment. It’s about our future, because young people will play a big part in it. If we do not have a future, then why are we at school now for later on?”
“Some students will not join in. Because they think it is too far away, because they have too much schoolwork, or because they did not get permission from their parents. My parents thought it was a good idea.”
“I think the march already has an effect, I think politicians will think about this and will get a different picture: that we young people think this is important and that they also will have to do their bit.”
And what do the schools do?
The NOS has had contact with 207 schools. Nearly 40 percent of them say that pupils have asked to strike for the climate. …
Only nine schools say they have forbidden pupils to play truant. One school indicated that only the youngest students were not allowed to stay away to participate in the climate march.