Students brought traffic to a standstill outside Parliament on Friday 15thFebruary. They were among thousands of students across the world to take the day off school for a climate change strike.
It is said to be the first in a series of escalating actions, with the next strike date set for March 15th as part of a globally coordinated action.
Driven by what they see as an alarming lack of Government leadership on climate action over previous decades, young people say they are determined to highlight the need for positive change to avert the impending climate breakdown.
The strikes are inspired by Greta Thunberg, who, aged 15, put climate change firmly in the spotlight after skipping school to demonstrate outside the Swedish Parliament. She said her actions were a bid to get politicians to “…prioritise the climate question, focus on the climate and treat it like a crisis”.
The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, warns that humanity has just 12 years to avert catastrophic climate change. It’s a stark headline that has re-energised the environmental movement and prompted tens of thousands of students to act.
The UKSCN (UK Student Climate Network) said “The messaging is clear, we need to act now to ensure current and subsequent generations have a future to look forward to”