Ardern discussed the government's role in combating climate change and took questions from the students as well as from those watching the live broadcast.
On Friday, students all over the world are planning to skip school and take part in a strike to demand climate change action from their governments.
"We want the Labor Party and the Liberal Party to stop Adani, not allow any new fossil projects to be set up, and commit to 100 per cent renewables by 2030", she says.
"Young people, in particular, have the right to feel angry about the future that we are about to leave them if we can not bring about a change that is proportionate to the magnitude of the threat".
In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister condemned the climate strike as wasteful of teachers' time.
"[Strikers are] letting the school know that [climate change is] actually serious and we need to be doing this Not just the school, people in general like the community and everyone around the community", she said. While led by young people themselves, there are plenty of parents, teachers and others supporting their action and involvement.
CLIMATE action continues to be a big issue for Australians in the lead-up to the state and federal polls.
"We were just at the informational hearing about climate change in Idaho the other day, and it's overwhelmingly frustrating to listen to our legislators asking questions about climate change", said Malterre. Climate Strike leaders are calling on students to walk out of their classes on Friday, March 15, to protest outside of the nearest town or city hall, and of course post a photo on social media.
Hundreds of Dunedin pupils are expected to trade pens for placards and strike for the future of the environment tomorrow. The world's children are reminding us that we have a big debt to repay and an earth to fix and restore. But in walking out of school as citizens they are sending a powerful signal to political leaders and "adults" more generally that our continued action and inaction is violating their right to a future.
In the U.S., a national strike is planned in Washington, D.C., along with strikes in almost 50 states. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.
Our current politicians aren't listening, so we want to recruit candidates across the country to run for us and the climate. 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.
For more information on how to get involved in this Friday's actions visit FridaysForFuture.org.
"Sometimes young people get a bad reputation for being apathetic or being on their screens all the time, but that's not our experience".