By Hannah Martin,
Young people in Liverpool are set to strike for the second time over the government’s climate change policies.
A second Youth Strike 4 Climate is set to take place Friday 15th March – four weeks after the first UK-wide #fridaysforfuture brought thousands of students out of schools and on to the streets.
Young people from more than 40 countries together to join a global movement calling leaders to tackle environmental issues. Protestors are calling for young people’s voices to be heard in the debate on climate change. Their demands include the government to declare a “climate emergency” and reforms to the national curriculum to include teaching about the effects of climate change.
Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg who is seen by many to be an inspirational stimulus for these strikes was yesterday nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.
The organisers of Youth Strike 4 Climate Liverpool said: “Young people are rising up against continued government dismissal of climate reports – they feel taking drastic action, such as skipping school is necessary.
Many are asking why they can’t just protest at the weekend – but numerous protests happen at weekends and have done for years and many of them go unnoticed. The fact they’re putting their education on hold to impact change shows how critical this situation is to them.”
Education secretary, Damian Hinds has warned pupils “missing class won’t do a thing to help the environment” but will add to teacher workload.
The UK Student Climate Network and UK Youth Climate Coalition are coordinating strikes in around towns and cities around the UK from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands.
The Liverpool protest will be taking place outside St. George’s Hall from 11am – 12pm then moving through the city centre ending on Church St for speeches. The demonstration is set to finish at 2pm.