Thousands of UK Students of all ages are set to go on strike at 11am today as part of a global youth action over climate change.
Students in Manchester are planning to meet outside the Manchester Central Library in St Peter’s Square. There will be speeches and demonstrations, calling on politicians to act on this global climate crisis.
Students in the UK will today demand the Government declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem with real and effective measures.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 15, 2019
The global movement was inspired by Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg, who cut class weekly to stage sit-ins outside Sweden’s Parliament. So far we have seen student protests in cities in Australia, Europe and now today, the UK.
The movement, known as Youth Strike 4 Climate, gained momentum last year following a damning report from the UN warning humanity only had 12 years to avert the consequences of catastrophic climate change. Warning that failure to act would result in food shortages, rising sea levels, floods and wildfires (events we have already been seeing happening on a regular basis over the last year).
— Frankie McCamley (@Frankie_Mack) February 15, 2019
— Nady (@Bowemey) February 15, 2019
The official Youth Strike 4 Climate event in Manchester says this about today’s event: “Millions of young people are waking up to the fact that we have to act now to avert the worst effects of climate breakdown, from the school strikers in Australia to Greta Thunberg, they are joining their voices in protest.
We will be joining up with other strikers of all ages around the UK on the 15th February in Manchester. We will stand in solidarity with young people around the world asking for climate justice”
Brave children, young people, across Greater Manchester are striking today. Can you blame them, it’s their futures at stake. More needs to be done to help our climate. #climatestrike #SchoolStrike4Climate https://t.co/YfmCHoCMYz
— Tina Gandhi (@TinaGandhi1) February 15, 2019
Repeat: I’m an employer. If you’re concerned about taking part in #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike because your school tells you it will blemish your record, employers like me will be more inclined to hire young people who stand up for their future. Fact.
— Mark Davyd (@markdavyd) February 15, 2019
However, school leaders as well as Education Secretary Damian Hinds have warned students they should not miss lessons to take part in the strikes.
The National Association of Head Teachers said this : “Pupils should only be out of school in exceptional circumstances. While NAHT supports the right of young people to express themselves, first and foremost, pupils should be in school during term time.”
It seems as though students across the country are still going ahead with there plans as strikes have officially begun. Here are some of the latest Tweets from across the UK.
— Callum Cant (@CallumCant1) February 15, 2019
— Bella Lack ???? (@BellaLack) February 15, 2019
— Chyna Clarke (@ChynaClarke4) February 15, 2019
Just 12 years ago climate change was a niche interest.
— Keith Hyams (@KeithDHyams) February 15, 2019
— Daniel Cotton (@DANIELCOTTONX) February 15, 2019
Students across at least 60 cities in the UK are currently staging the walk out, from Cornwall to the very north of Scotland.
The Manchester strike will be happening at St Peter’s Squares from 12pm – 2pm today (15 Feb).