OUSA have stepped their pussies up and are not just encouraging students to ditch class, but TELLING them to not go to class and go to Union Lawn on the 27th of September, 11:30am, for climate change.
They’re doing it as a part of the School Strike 4 Climate campaign, which sees high schoolers from around the world get together every couple of months to demand that their governments take more action against climate change.
In a letter to Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne, signed by OUSA President James Heath, Tumuaki of Te Roopū Māori Taylor Terekia, and President of the Pacific Islands Students’ Association Mary-Jane Kivalu, OUSA challenged her to “dare to be wise” (which, if you didn’t know, is the University’s motto - BOOM ROASTED), and to “enable and facilitate” her staff and students to attend the strike.
These three student leaders believe that climate change is the “single greatest threat” to the collective future of Otago students, “both present and future”. Bold claim, but probably true.