THOUSANDS of young activists brought a fresh wave of climate protests to the UK last week.
This third round of protests comes just weeks after thousands of kids skipped school to go on strike in an attempt to make politicians open their eyes to the global climate crisis – as reported on our front page back in February.
In March, even more young people were empowered to call for climate justice as part of the biggest ever global climate strike, which saw more than 1.5 million young people demonstrate in over 120 countries.
Showing they mean serious business, thousands more young people and activists gathered last week in the centre of 50 British towns to demand action from the Government. As with previous strikes, similar demonstrations took place in cities across the world, including Helsinki in Finland and Delhi in India.
In London, young protesters brought Oxford Street to a halt, after sitting in the middle of the street, obstructing traffic and shoppers.
They say the third time’s the charm, but the UK Student Climate Network – the organisation behind the demonstrations – isn’t showing any signs of stopping yet. They say on their website: “We, the youth, are rising up. We have no choice. Failure is not an option.”
The group is calling for a Green New Deal – a political and economic transformation that will work in the interests of people and the planet while addressing the climate crisis on a timescale that recognises just how serious the situation is.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has spoken of his support for the strikes, saying: “Collective action of the kind you’re championing can make a difference, and a profound [very great] one.”
The youth climate movement was inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who famously went on strike from school every Friday.