Pupils set to strike over climate change
Tuesday 12th February 2019 | Jake
Inspired by the wave of student climate strikes taking place across the world, pupils in the UK are set to walk out of their lessons this Friday to show their concern over climate change. Although a number of small protests have been held by children, this Friday will mark the first major, coordinated effort in the UK. Over 30 towns and cities in the UK will witness the UK Youth Strike 4 Climate walkout, which has been organised over social media.
The National Association of Head Teachers, aka the headteacher’s union, leant their support to the protest, saying the decision to protest should be “applauded.” That comment hasn’t been well received by a number of blue tabloids, but for the students’ initiative and devotion to our planet, the sentiment of the headteachers union should be shared by most.
The school walkouts have taken place in about 270 towns and cities since the very first one, all the way back in August 2018. That may seem slow progress, but considering that that particular walkout was staged by a solitary 16-year-old student in Sweden, the progress is momentous. Upset and angry over the approach to climate change from world leaders, Greta Thunberg took action. Going solo, she held a protest outside Swedish parliament. Some six months later and the students holding walkouts for climate change number up to 70,000, globally, every week.
Greta, and every student that walks out, are teaching the world’s leaders a valuable lesson whilst they skip class: it’s time to fight for our future, if world leaders won’t do anything about the climate crisis, the world’s kids will.