Climate change: UK Students have walked out of school in protest

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Students in 30 towns and cities across the UK have skipped school today to protest against climate change.

Demonstrations have been held in areas including London, Bristol, Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands, organised by youth climate change groups.

The campaign has been inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who has been missing lessons every Friday to protest outside the Swedish parliament.

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Since then, tens of thousands of children across Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia have been inspired to hold their own demonstrations.

The walkouts were seen as a chance to build towards a global day of school strikes on 15 March.

The UK strikes were organised by a coalition of YouthStrike4Climate, the UK Student Climate Network and the UK Youth Climate Coalition, to demand action from the British Government.

The coalition said its students were "driven by an alarming lack of Government leadership on climate action over previous decades".

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The coalition is calling on the Government to declare "a state of climate emergency" and educate the British public in the seriousness of global warming.

They are also demanding a change to the school curriculum which will include climate change.

The coalition wants young people to be included in decision-making and is also calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

Youth voices are too often left out of the discussion when it comes to climate change.

Jake Woodier, UK Youth Climate Coalition

The government says it is for individual schools to decide what to do about pupils walking out on Friday but stresses that term-time leave should be given in exceptional circumstances only.

Anna Taylor of the UK Student Climate Network said: "We're running out of time for meaningful change, and that's why we're seeing young people around the world rising up to hold their governments to account on their dismal climate records."

Schoolchildren take part in a student climate march on February 15, 2019 in Brighton, England.Getty Images
These schoolchildren have been making their voices heard in at the protest in Brighton

Jake Woodier of the UK Youth Climate Coalition added: "Youth voices are too often left out of the discussion when it comes to climate change.

"Our current trajectory is completely incompatible with a clean, safe environment not only for ourselves but future generations as well."

Jake Woodier of the UK Youth Climate Coalition confirmed another day of strike action will be organised for Friday, March 15.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by tigerattack

    16 Mar 2019 10:35
    The earth is not a meatball - so don’t cook it!
  • Comment number 14. Posted by tigerattack

    16 Mar 2019 10:34
    I think children should be taught about the environment as part of the school curriculum but striking school is definitely more important than going to school. Think about it: they are educating us for our future. If climate change persists there will be no future. #SchoolStrike4Climate
  • Comment number 13. Posted by cupcakerainbowcat

    16 Feb 2019 17:05
    Greta Thumberg is sooo inspirational like if u agree
  • Comment number 12. Posted by U17478405

    16 Feb 2019 16:19
    Save the Earth!
    🌍
    Be green!🌳
  • Comment number 11. Posted by U17522785

    16 Feb 2019 8:58
    I think that education is just as important as the environment and the other children should not be protesting in school time but can do it at weekends and holidays. But I am still for a clean environment.
  • Comment number 10. Posted by BrownieQueen

    16 Feb 2019 8:40
    Anyone should be able to vote. Well, anyone who lives in that country.
  • Comment number 9. Posted by Cityfan580

    16 Feb 2019 8:09
    I think you should not smoke and use too much diesel #🌍🌎🌏
  • Comment number 8. Posted by U17521773

    15 Feb 2019 18:18
    I Live by the sea and lots of people drop rubbish into it i like what greta is doing
  • Comment number 7. Posted by EmeraldEnchantedPotato

    15 Feb 2019 16:59
    The Earth should be saved!! 🌎
  • Comment number 6. Posted by katerina

    15 Feb 2019 16:51
    This comment was removed because it broke the rules. Explain