STAND aside, adults – the kids are taking over!
Frustrated and disappointed by the lack of progress on climate change, young people are taking on the challenge themselves. They are no longer relying on grown-ups and, instead, have decided to lead the way. Students across the globe are planning to protest on 15 March, demanding action on climate change and the damage that we are doing to the planet.
The inspiration for this new wave of action has come from Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden. She has been protesting outside the Swedish parliament, but also took a series of trains to get to Davos in Switzerland, where many of the world’s leaders were meeting. In a video she spoke to world leaders, saying: “We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can, or cannot, say. Now is the time to speak clearly.” Her Schools Strike 4 Climate Action campaign has attracted thousands of supporters and spread to at least 270 towns and cities worldwide.
Tens of thousands of young people have taken part in demonstrations in places like Australia, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. There is even a day of action planned in Britain on 15 February, co-ordinated by the UK Students Climate Network. Events have been planned in cities including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol and Brighton. If you, or your school, are taking part in any events, let us know how you get on, by emailing [email protected].