Youth Strike 4 Climate
On Friday 15th February students across the country are participating in the first ever UK-wide ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’.
The regional parts of the strike will start at 11am at Leeds Town Hall and will march through the city centre with banners and placards.
Students are doing this "in solidarity with students across the world", including Greta Thunberg (the Swedish climate activist who became prominent in August 2018 for starting the first school strike for climate outside the Swedish parliament building).
The strike is intended to include schools, universities and colleges and act as a statement against government inaction over climate change – inaction which will invariably affect the strikers the most (according to the October 2018 IPCC report Extinction Rebellion).
Leeds will also be joining in solidarity with the students, however Youth Strike 4 Climate is not affiliated with Extinction Rebellion.
Hollie Andrews, a local organiser for Youth Strike 4 Climate, stated, "it is not only our future that is under threat from climate change, it is our very existence.
"We urgently need governments and organisations across the world to act now if we’re to avoid the catastrophic effects that climate change will bring within our lifetime.
"We’re calling on students and young people to join us in a nationwide strike on Friday 15 February to show to the Government that change is long overdue, and we are no longer being complacent to acts of climate injustice.”
Currently, University of Leeds students are organising the Leeds strike but more colleges and universities are set to participate. More details can be found on the event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/310819919541639/.
Youth Strike 4 Climate, 11th February 2019, 13:31 PM