Students are divided in opinion following the announcement of a follow-up protest to the Greta Thunberg-inspired School Strike Hong Kong for Climate Action. The protest is to take place on Sunday, May 26, according to the students who also organised the first strike.
"I think this climate strike is a great initiative, but I would like it to be on Sunday, as many more people would be able to attend." said Sahana Iyer, 11.
Natasha Ho Jo-wei of Carmel Pak U Secondary School agreed. "I would join the strike if I have time because I think the government needs more pressure to do something about climate change. I would prefer Sunday because I don't think my school would allow us to go on strike during school days." she said.
Young Post also spoke to a group of five Renaissance College students aged eight to 12 who hope to take part in the protest said. They said that they would prefer that the march be held on a Friday, saying “[we] would rather go on a school day because, otherwise, it’s not much of a strike if you go on a holiday”.
Another group of five students aged 11 and 12 from Kennedy School, German Swiss International School and Victoria Shanghai Academy were pleased that the march would be held on a Sunday. They said their parents had objected to to the idea of them skipping school, and that they do not want to be prevented from taking part in the protest.
We will be protesting inaction towards the climate crisis on Sunday 26th of May. More details as to where and what time...由 School Strike Hong Kong for Climate Action 發佈於 2019年4月30日星期二
One of student organisers, 17-year-old Zara Campion, told Young Post that the group was torn between holding the march on a Friday or a Sunday, but finally settled on the Sunday.
“Holding it on Sunday would allow more local students to come as there is no clash with schools … It is [still] a part of the main movement, we’re trying to get more local students to participate,” said Zara.
“Also, given that this is a very busy time for exams… doing it on a Sunday may be more suitable.”
The group has not confirmed the place or time of the event as of yet, but has renamed the second demonstration the “Student Climate Protest” as it will no longer take place during school hours.