YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS MAKING A STAND FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Photo Credit: BBC

Photo Credit: BBC

A coordinated protest took place today (15th February, 2019), across the UK, with school children from more than 60 cities and towns participating, all demanding immediate action from Governments to consider Climate Change as an emergency.

The protest was organised in part by Schools 4 Climate Action, a movement created by a 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, in reaction to the Paris Climate Agreement not being adhered to. Pupils were seen passionately holding placards with slogans such as “School strike for climate”, "I've seen smarter cabinets at IKEA" and “There is no planet B”.

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Reaching many news outlets immediately, the protest from our point of view is a great success! It shows that the younger generations are becoming more aware and educated about their future. Teachers work hard to prepare students for their future but right now that future is at serious risk. The kids themselves are skipping their lessons to teach the adults a lesson of their own!

Children have more power than one might initially think, their passion and drive will ripple through the family, making change from the bottom up. Look at the impact Genesis Butler has already achieved through Million Dollar Vegan!

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WHAT DO THESE YOUNG ACTIVISTS HAVE TO SAY?

Skipping school for an hour per week is a "sacrifice", “a small price to pay for standing up for our planet".

"I want to get Scottish leaders to take climate change seriously and [know] that they're destroying my future."

"I'm worried about many things, especially in my local area, which is a coastal area, and we have seen an increase in floods”

“We want recognition to able to vote from 16 years old to help influence policy making”

“I live sustainable lifestyle and want to encourage others to do the same”

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This strike is a clear reaction to the UN report released late last year, warning of irreversible climate change, if global temperatures rise above 1.5C. To achieve this we need to cut global carbon dioxide emissions by almost half in just 12 years! Check out this Greenpeace article to learn more on solutions!

Schools 4 Climate Change have done a fantastic job, now it’s time for Governments to step up and take immediate action and start to actively educate the public!


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