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School's out! Thousands of children across Britain skip classes to join mass protest against climate change - but Theresa May tells them they are 'wasting lesson time' (43 Pics)

Youngsters across the country are protesting in the face of "an alarming lack of Government leadership”, Youth Strike 4 Climate organisers say. The demonstration follows similar action in schools across Australia and European countries inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. But school leaders and education secretary Damian Hinds have warned students about skipping lessons.

Mr Hinds said: "I want young people to be engaged in key issues affecting them and involving themselves in causes they care about.
"But let me be clear, missing class won't do a thing to help the environment; all they will do is create extra work for teachers."
Students in the UK are calling on the Government to declare a climate emergency, insisting urgent steps are taken to get to grips with the problem.

The youngsters want the severity of climate change to be spelled out to the public and the curriculum reformed to make it an educational priority.

And they are demanding for the voting age to be lowered to 16 and involvement in policymaking.
Anna Taylor, of UK Student Climate Network, said: "We're running out of time for meaningful change, and that's why we're seeing young people around the world rising up to hold their governments to account on their dismal climate records.
"Unless we take positive action, the future's looking bleak for those of us that have grown up in an era defined by climate change."
The campaign has also received celebrity backing.
On Twitter, TV presenter Chris Packham wrote: “Across the planet we have elected a confederacy of idiots obsessed with short term greed.
“Well today a bunch of children and young people are going to show them up. Bloody marvellous isn’t it!
“One planet - one species - one last chance to make a difference #Youth4Climate.”
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said that while it supports the rights of young people to express themselves, it did not condone students being out of the classroom to take action.
In a statement, the NAHT said: "While a school leader's role is to ensure children attend school, are kept safe and receive a good quality of education, it is right that individual school leaders can decide how best to respond to any proposed protest by students in their school on Friday."
The strikes are being supported by environmental groups and Green MP Caroline Lucas, who will address Brighton students on their walkout.
Ms Lucas said: "Our children recognise that this is a climate emergency.
"They are striking this week because they know we cannot carry on as normal.
"Teachers work hard to prepare students for their future but right now that future is at serious risk."
It comes after a shock UN report warned that limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, beyond which climate impacts become increasingly severe, requires unprecedented action.
That includes slashing global carbon dioxide emissions by almost half within 12 years.

1 comment:

  1. "Thousands of children across Britain skip classes to join mass protest against climate change"

    Yes and I bet they would strike (skip class and have a good ole time) just as joyously for Global Cooling.