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That was just one of the many chants ringing through the main streets of Oamaru yesterday, as more than 120 secondary school pupils and members of the community took part in the School Strike 4 Climate Waitaki.
The group walked from Orana Park to Friendly Bay, stopping at the Waitaki District Council chambers to hand their demands to Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher.
Looking after Pacific Island nations was vital in Waitaki, as the district had one of highest number of Pasifika people in New Zealand outside Auckland, he said.
Ethan, who is also the national media representative for School Strike 4 Climate, told the crowd they needed to continue being unapologetic about their stridency.
"It is a crisis. It is not the time to be polite, and it is not the time to sugarcoat the scenario," he said.
Having a large group of both pupils and wider community members made organisers feel empowered.
"To see the community being involved, the school students being involved, to see teachers being involved — it gave us that verification that we were doing something that was felt across the community.
"It just shows that this movement is inter-generational — it’s not just for young people to respond to," Ethan said.
Other than Dunedin, Oamaru was the only southern centre where a climate strike was held yesterday.