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Youth climate protesters take to Brighton’s streets!

Youth climate protesters take to Brighton’s streets!
Angus Walker
  • On 30th November 2019

‘What do we want? Climate Action! When do we want it? Now!’. These were the chants of well over a hundred young activists who gathered outside Churchill Square yesterday, as part of the latest wave of ‘Youth for Climate’ strikes.

Children and young people in more than 100 towns and cities across the country walked out of classrooms in response to the escalating climate crisis. The action in Britain was part of a global climate strike by tens of thousands of people in more than 150 countries from Chile to Spain, where next week’s UN climate summit will take place.

In Brighton, protesters gathered around the entrances to some of Churchill Square’s largest shops, holding banners and placards with messages demanding that governments shift their response to the climate crisis into a higher gear.

Protesters outside Churchill Square yesterday, Friday November 29th.

Roy Smith, who’d travelled to Brighton from Seaford to take part in the protest, said:

I’ve taken time off work to come here today and support the children. This is a climate emergency now and we need to do something. We need to do something for our children and grandchildren. It’s them that will bear the brunt of it.

Friday’s action came after more alarming news on the scale and scope of the climate crisis. Earlier this week, scientists warned the world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points posing an ‘existential threat to civilisation’.

In Britain, the young activists are focusing on the upcoming General Election, which they have pledged to make a ‘climate election’, rather than a ‘Brexit election’. Beth Irving, from the UK Student Climate Network, has said it is crucial political leaders are held to account over their plans to tackle the emergency:

The upcoming election will determine how the UK addresses climate change, with significant effects for the planet and its people. We have just a small window of time for action and the next few years are crucial.

Anyone wishing to get involved with the ‘Youth Strike for Climate’ movement can find out about upcoming local events here.

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