The platform also calls for requiring education on climate change for students in kindergarten through grade eight.
On Friday, March 15, in almost 1,000 cities and towns in at least 82 countries around the world, young people are planning a school strike.
They were inspired by 15-year-old student Greta Thunberg, who staged a lone strike for the climate in August outside the Swedish Parliament. "They are children, pupils and students telling all of the adults in all parties to get their act together and do more about climate change because it is their future that is in jeopardy", Mr Varadkar said. Strikes are planned for Friday in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins and Parker, joining some 700 similar actions across 71 countries.
"And our government refused to listen".
They reminded that there is indisputable scientific evidence of climate change and human contribution to it, and drew attention to the need for immediate and determined action to mitigate its effects on the environment and humanity. "This is a celebration of what we love most!" If you want a future that is safe from the threats of climate change, this strike is for you.
Local groups including Byron Shire Climate Emergency Guidance Group, Zero Emissions Byron, COREM, Creative Mullumbimy, The Brunswick Valley Historical Society and Mullum SEED issued a statement of support for the students.
Students around the world are expected to skip school on March 15 in order to demonstrate against climate change, taking their cue from Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg whose weekly "school strike for climate" has won a global following. "I wish we could live in a country where I could go to school every day with the reassurance that my government was taking care of me and my future", Alexia says.
When Sacred Heart student and fellow organiser Sarah Fraser first heard of the worldwide student-led movement, she knew taking action in New Zealand was something she wanted to do.
"The open letter stresses that the efforts students are making in planning school strikes matter".
At the end of her talk, Greta says she's not going to end on a positive, hopeful note, like most TED talks. But the one thing we need more than hope is action. Organising the protest is itself an important practical lesson in democratic participation; young people are learning how to be heard and how to express dissent on an issue that will shape the lives of this generation and those to come.
One of anthropologist Margaret Mead's most famous quotes instructs us: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has".
We are too young to be able to do that.