UK school pupils join strikes over climate change crisis

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Protests will take place in over 30 locations across the UK

Thousands of school pupils in the UK are expected to walk out of lessons today to demand governments take action against climate change.

The protest has been inspired by 16-year-old Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg, who has protested outside the Riksdag parliament house every Friday, inspiring the #FridaysForFuture movement.

Protests have been organised by a coalition of YouthStrike4Climate, the UK Student Climate Network and the UK Youth Climate Coalition, to demand action from the British government.

They will take place in over 30 locations across the UK including Manchester, Cardiff and London.

The movement has made a series of demands including government to declare a climate emergency and adjust the national curriculum to address the crisis as an educational priority.

Government should also communicate the severity of the crisis and recognise that young people have the biggest stake in the future and therefore bring the voting age down to 16, campaigners say.

By 2048, there will be no fish left in our oceans at the current rate of over-fishing, according to the National Graphic.

Jake Woodier, of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, said: “Young people see what is happening, especially since the IPCC report last year, which spelled out that we only have 12 years left to avoid catastrophic climate change.

"They realise that politicians are nowhere near where they need to be on this and want to do something to change that.”

The UK protests are being seen as a chance to build towards a global day of school strikes on 15 March.

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