Hyderabad

Hyderabad students join global strike against climate change

Swedish teen has started ‘Fridays for Future’ movement

The worldwide ‘Fridays for Future’ movement had its ripples in Hyderabad as hundreds of schoolchildren in uniform stood outside the KBR Park gate and demanded immediate action with regard to climate change.

Call for action

The students drawn from 13 schools in Banjara Hills, Tolichowki, Purana Pul and other areas of the city danced, held placards and chanted slogans calling for action. The Hyderabad protests was somewhat different in the sense that the school teachers escorted the students to the protest site unlike in other countries where the students themselves tread the protest path.

“Birds are dying that’s why we are protesting. We have to take care of climate; only then can we have a future,” said A. Jatin, a Class IV student of Kendriya Vidyalaya who had come with his father to the protest site.

“There is a lot of pollution leading to health problems. Awareness might bring about a change,” said Muhammad Faisal, a class VIII student of Grace Model School, Sabzi Mandi area.

‘Fridays for Future’ movement started when Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg skipped class to show her sense of the futility of going to school. ‘When we do not have a future, school does not matter’, was her logic.

Note to leaders

In Hyderabad, the climate change protest dovetailed with the movement to Save KBR Park as well as with the forthcoming general elections. One of the students held aloft a placard that read: “Ab ki Baar Climate change pe Sarkaar.”

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 5, 2020 4:13:18 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/city-students-join-global-strike-against-climate-change/article26548799.ece

Next Story