Brighton students to join national strike over climate change
Brighton students of all ages will be skipping classes this Friday 15th February to protest over climate change concerns.
The strike, called Youth Strike 4 Climate, will take place from 11am by the Clock Tower in Brighton city centre and is being organised nationally by UK Student Climate Network.
The students behind the Brighton strike are a group of budding environmentalists from the University of Sussex.
Rosanne Spassen, an International Relations and Geography student at the university, is one of the students who on Friday will not attend class to protest.
She told the Argus: “I will be skipping class for the demonstration. The head of Geography and other lecturers are supporting me.
“It’s not just about skipping classes – we want to show our leaders why climate change is important to us because it not only affects the environment but also gender equality and global justice.”
The event, which will simultaneously take place in other major UK towns and cities such as London and Manchester, is inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thumberg.
She was the first student to organise a protest of this kind outside the Swedish parliament building last year. Since then, thousands of other students from around Europe, inspired by her actions, started similar protests in their own countries.
Check out the event’s Facebook page to find more information about the event and how you can get involved.
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