The Morning Star: Youth Strike for Climate Changes Across Britain16 February 2019 | 05:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Organisers from Youth Strike 4 Climate called for a change in the attitude towards the “ecological emergency” and demanded a reform in the national curriculum to accurately inform pupils of the climate disaster.
Protests took place in over 60 cities, according to organisers, including Brighton, Cambridge and London.
Children on Parliament Square in central London, some dressed in their school uniforms, held banners and chanted: “Change now!” and “Hey, ho, fossil fuels have got to go.”
One of the organisers, addressing the crowd said: “The responsibility has now fallen onto us.
“We will rise up and take action. If we are the future then perhaps it is a little brighter.”
Traffic in the area came to a still as protesters boarded an open top city tour bus, blocking the road and chanting “we are not moving.”
Others sat in the middle of the road causing a block for several hours and climbed onto traffic lights.
Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: “Young people know that their lives are going to be changed dramatically by the impacts of climate change.
“The risks that older people hope they might dodge are the problems the young will inherit.
“And the longer the young wait for action to be taken, the harder it will be for them in future.”
Prime Minister Theresa May and Education Secretary Damian Hinds, however, both criticised the young people for skipping school and causing disruptions.
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