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Global strike over climate change to hit UK schools on Friday

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Thousands of pupils are expected to walk out of lessons across the UK this Friday in line with the school climate strikes that have been happening around the world.

Over the past few months, thousands of young people have been taking to the streets as part of the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement. The movement is inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old school girl, who held a solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament last August.

Greta said, "You don't have to school strike; it's your own choice. But why should we be studying for a future that may soon be no more? This is more important than school, I think."

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg/ Image Credit: Pressenza from Il Cambiamento

Since then the movement has grown, with approximately 70,000 school children each week taking part in the strikes around the world.

The strike within the UK is being coordinated by the UK Youth Climate Coalition. Speaking to the Guardian, Jack Woodier, who is part of the coalition, believes that Greta's protest has highlighted the need for change and has invigorated young people in the battle against climate change. 

"The images of what Greta did and then the huge strikes by school children in other countries have been widely shared by young people on social media and have really inspired people," he says.

Predictably, the movement has been met with opposition from politicians and others who deny the presence of climate change. The environment minister of Belgium was given little choice but to resign, after he inaccurately claimed that there was evidence to suggest that the tens of thousands of children joining the protest in Belgium were being directed by unnamed powers and not acting of their own will.

The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) is offering information about the locations of strikes on their website. 

It is hoped by organisers that the UK strike on Friday will create an opportunity for the growth of the movement, building towards a global day of school strikes on the 15th March. 

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