Criticism of the Youth Strike 4 Climate protest is shameful
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Over 10,000 young people in at least 60 towns and cities took part in the Youth Strike 4 Climate on Friday, showing that young people do have a voice and that it should be heard.
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It is shameful that those who joined the protest are being criticised by politicians and leading figures across society for standing up for our future. A recent theme within my articles for The National Student has been one of a lack of pride in our country, and a lack of belief and faith in politicians doing the right thing. Youth Strike 4 Climate is one thing we should and can be proud of.
I find it somewhat ironic that it is not those who lead the country that have reinvigorated my belief and pride - rather it is young people, of which I am one, standing up to be counted and tackling the most pressing issue to face our world moving forward. That issue being climate change.
Anyone who does not see climate change as an issue that needs to be immediately addressed is ignorant and selfish. We have been told by the UN that we have 12 years to limit a climate change catastrophe. Scientists have warned there
The reaction against the demonstration is somewhat laughable and somewhat embarrassing from MPs and people of a certain demographic. Tweets have been sent
It’s called truancy, not a strike https://t.co/Xn4zKhH4Vb— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) February 15, 2019
Climate Campaigner: “Who wants to bunk-off school on Friday and join in with a climate change protest?”— James Cleverly MP (@JamesCleverly) February 15, 2019
School kid: “You had me at bunk-off school.”
The criticism makes no sense. For years we have known that climate change is a threat to our very existence. For years we have known something must be done, yet time and time again nothing is done, the issue is ignored and not prioritised. We have high profile politicians and world leaders who deny climate change is real and are jeopardising our planet's future. So, for leading figures within the UK to come out and
If I was PM of this country, I would be applauding young people for standing up for what they believe in. But then again this is the UK, where young people are not allowed an opinion because we are too naïve or immature, or so unaware of the facts that it should be down to older generations to plan for our future. This Draconian attitude needs to change, and the Youth Strike 4 Climate is a good example of this. The very fact that young people felt obliged to strike is a marker of the lack of faith and the ineptitude of current world leaders and politicians in this country when it comes to climate change.
This movement sets precedent across not only this country, but also around the world. It shows that young people and their beliefs are not there just to be pushed over and ignored. It shows we are capable of understanding ideas and notions about our future, and we care about things bigger than just social media and gaming as so many suggest. What good is it older members of society
Our future should not be dictated by elderly statesmen, and it should not be dictated by large corporations - we should have the right to dictate our own future. Selfishness and greed need to be eradicated, people need to realise that what we have in this world is beautiful and we are lucky that it even exists. We should be doing our utmost to protect and sustain the Earth. It is unique, it is one of a kind, and it is key to our existence.