Hong Kong school climate strike to go ahead after receiving letter of no objection

Climate Action Hong Kong's November 29 event is part of Greta Thunberg's global Fridays for Future movement

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A student group that is organising a school strike for climate change on Friday has received a letter of no objection from the police. 

Student-run Climate Action Hong Kong, together with three environmental groups (Extinction Rebellion Hong Kong, WasteFree and HK360), will gather at Chater Garden in Central at 11am on November 29, and march to the Central Government Offices (CGO). When they arrive, some students will give speeches demanding stronger action from the government to prevent global warming and climate change.  

The strike is part of the worldwide #FridaysforFuture movement, where students skip school to participate in demonstrations to protest inaction on the climate crisis. Inspired by teen Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the movement has inspired about 63,000 strikes from more than 200 countries across the globe to date. 

The four groups plan to dedicate the full day to raising awareness about climate change, and will hold several rallies in locations across Hong Kong after the march. 

According to 17-year-old student organiser Ewan Windebank, the group is hopeful for a turnout of 500 people. 

"It's been a long process but we're glad that we finally got the letter of no objection from the [police] force," says Windebank. 

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"We are grateful that [they] have been very helpful and supportive of us even through such turbulent times."

The last global strike on September 20 saw a low turnout in Hong Kong, despite having record-breaking numbers of participants in other countries.

The ongoing protests meant that the student group did not organise a school strike on that day, with very few school students skipping classes to take part.