Thousands of children across the Anglia region join school strike for climate – by ITV News
Schoolchildren across the Anglia region have joined others across the world in leaving classes to protest against climate change.
Schoolchildren in Cambridge have set up an eco-council to work together to learn about, and find solutions to, the climate and ecological crisis
“We are truly in a climate emergency, and we need to act quickly to prevent an unimaginable future of heatwaves, extreme weather events, crop failures, and eventually wars over resources such as land, food and water. We are afraid for our own future and for generations of children to come, and the terrifying changes are already happening.”OPEN LETTER FROM CAMBRIDGE SCHOOLCHILDREN
Organisers of the Youth Strike 4 Climate say events will take place in more than 100 towns and cities around the UK in the second walkout for climate action in the UK.
Driven by what students say is “an alarming lack of government leadership on climate action”, the strikes are part of a global day of walkouts and demonstrations by young people in more than 100 countries
Youth Strike 4 Climate in Cambridge: Video and galleries from day of action
An open letter written by Cambridge school children has been sent to more than 40 schools in the area, urging teachers and pupils to attend the strikes and inviting them to join the Cambridge Schools Eco-Council. The letter follows the successful inaugural meeting of the eco-council on March 9, and the second school strike this year on March 15, which saw 500 school pupils take to the streets of the city to highlight the seriousness of the climate crisis.
The open letter says: “We are truly in a climate emergency, and we need to act quickly to prevent an unimaginable future of heatwaves, extreme weather events, crop failures, and eventually wars over resources such as land, food and water. We are afraid for our own future and for generations of children to come, and the terrifying changes are already happening.”
The school strike for climate movement was started by 16 year-old Greta Thunberg in Sweden last year and has now spread worldwide.
“I have a message for everyone… even the smallest child can make a BIG difference! Our new eco-council brings together pupils from schools all across Cambridge, to share our concerns, to cooperate, and to speak out!
We are hosting these Youth Strikes for our Climate in Cambridge, because we are petrified. We care about all the kids here locally and worldwide who will be hurt, or even die in typhoons, floods and droughts.
In school, we learn to be kind, to care for others, and to be responsible. Destroying our whole planet is totally NOT ON. Maybe our decision-makers need to go BACK TO SCHOOL.
Any schools here today are welcome to join the Eco-Council – just come find me with an email address!
And here’s a new chant, for later – Carbon breaks the golden rule; Decision-makers, back to school!”Nico Roman, 10, from King’s College School in Cambridge, co-chair of Cambridge Schools Eco-Council, and a UNESCO Voices Child Ambassador.
Youth Strike 4 Climate: Hundreds of Cambridge students march through city
Inspired by Swedish climate activist 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, students are calling for the government to take action on global warming.
Up to a 1,000 schoolchildren and university students gathered outside Shire Hall in Cambridge for the Youth Strike 4 Climate at 9.30am.
Waving banners and chanting, the students will march from Shire Hall to the Guildhall from around 10.30am.
It is the second time city students have taken to the streets for climate change. In calling for climate change to be declared an emergency.
The campaigners came from schools and colleges across the region including Chesterton Community College, Impington Village College, Parkside, Coleridge Community College, King’s School, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Witchford Village College and Cambourne Village College.
More media coverage
School pupils of all ages have gathered outside Shire Hall and The Guildhall – Cambridge News
Thousands of pupils protest over climate change – The London Economic
Hundreds of Cambridge schoolchildren strike in protest of climate change – Varsity