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I agree with Tim O’Loughlin’s letter (April 3) that school students have the right to protest – but at the right time. They should not do it in school hours as then it becomes a strike.

Why didn’t they protest in their own time or would that impinge on their free time for surfing, parties, movies, or just hanging out?

I was a school principal for 35 years and no way was I allowed to take a political position or the school as a whole endorse the views of the students.

There is a hue and cry for more money for education and I can well see that it needs to be directed into reviewing school curriculums.

It was interesting how the protesters didn’t mention global warming – you know why? It is because the planet has cooled 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global-warming bull artists got caught with their pants down. Well done.

Don’t forget that Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Phillipines in 1991; it spewed more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on Earth.

But, hey, you students, relax… give the world a hug and have a nice day.

Ed note: ‘Human activities emit 60 or more times the amount of carbon dioxide released by volcanoes each year. Large, violent eruptions may match the rate of human emissions for the few hours that they last, but they are too rare and fleeting to rival humanity’s annual emissions…

‘The slowdown in the rate of average global surface warming that took place from 1998 till 2012 (relative to the preceding 30 years) has unequivocally ended. Scientists have learned more about the physical factors that contributed to the short-term trend, and they have documented the continued buildup in subsurface ocean heat during the period.’ Source: www.climate.gov.

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  1. Wow Wilf,

    “the planet has cooled 0.7 degrees in the past century”….

    Have you been drinking the Kool-Aid?

    Just tell us what’s happening with this data…. https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature/

    and try not to invoke any world-wide conspiracies while you’re at it. Maybe even work your way through some of the overwhelming evidence from multiple scientific disciplines in hundreds of countries that confirm the climate catastrophe approaching within our near future.

    I am really glad you aren’t a school principal any more. Our kids deserve better than myopic ill-informed propaganda from scientific illiterates.

    All over the world, kids are realising how badly our generation have failed them. Their right to strike for a better deal is no different to the workers 100 years ago who fought for a better future by withdrawing their labour, bringing us living conditions that are now considered basic human rights in this country.


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