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School climate strikers have released a letter containing their demands

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An open letter on climate action was released by The Guardian on Friday, detailing young people's aims and grievances ahead of the global strikes that are due to take place on the 15th March.

Young people aim to persuade the government of the pressing issue of climate change and force them to take more decisive action.

Greta Thunberg

Image Credit: MR Online

Global, organised strikes have been taking place since late last year, when 16-year-old Greta Thunberg drew media attention after protesting outside the Swedish Parliament.

Since then similar strikes have spread across the globe, with UK students striking on the 15th of February.

Ahead of the global strike later this month, students have released a statement in the form of an open letter, criticising governments' exclusion of young voices, saying: "Young people make up more than half of the global population. Our generation grew up with the climate change crisis and we will have to deal with it for the rest of our lives.

"Despite that fact, most of us are not included in the local and global decision-making process."

The UK government has been widely criticised for its negative response to the February strikes. According to The Telegraph, 'Theresa May condemned it, with the Prime Minister's deputy official spokesman saying: “It is important to recognise that disruption increases teachers’ workloads and wastes lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared for".'

Read more about this criticism from The National Student.

The letter continued: "We will no longer accept this injustice. We demand justice for all past, current and future victims of the climate crisis, and we are rising up."

Auftaktkundgebung der FridaysForFuture Demonstration am 25. Januar 2019 in Berlin

Strikes in Berlin / Image Credit: Leonhard Lenz from Wikipedia

It goes on to say: "We finally need to treat the climate crisis as a crisis...we will not accept a life in fear and devastation...We, the young, have started to move. We are going to change the fate of humanity, whether you like it or not. United we will rise until we see climate justice. We demand the world's decision-makers take responsibility and solve this crisis.

"You have failed us in the past. If you continue failing us in the future, we, the young people, will make change happen by ourselves. The youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again."

More than 500 protests have been planned across the globe.

View the full letter on The Guardian.

The movement, Fridays for Future, "Began in August 2018, after 16-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.

"On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris Agreement."

The movement has continued after protestors were disappointed by a 'weak result' from COP24, the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Click here to see the world map of global strikes on the 15th March

You can organise, join and register your school strikes here.

Lead Image: 350.org on Flickr (School Strike for Climate in Berlin)




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