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THE government’s lack of leadership on climate action is “alarming,” students said today ahead of a second nationwide “youth strike.”
More than 100 towns and cities across the country will take part in the action on Friday to urge the government to declare a climate emergency.
Students are demanding that the British government take active steps to tackle the problem and to reform the curriculum to make it an educational priority.
Organisers are expecting it to be larger than the first strike on February 15 when thousands of young people took to the streets in Britain as part of a global day of action in more than 90 countries.
UK Student Climate Network co-founder Anna Taylor said those in power were betraying young people by taking away their futures and were responsible for the climate crisis “unfolding in horrendous ways.”
The 17-year-old said: “Britain has been relatively shielded from the effects of the crisis so far, but those least responsible for contributing to climate change are already suffering the worst effects.
“It is our duty to not only act for those in Britain and our futures, but for everyone. That’s what climate justice means.”
Young activist George Bond said: “It really is time that the government, irrespective of whoever is in power, stands up, put up their hands and admit that they severely failed to address the climate crisis so far.
“The scientists have been telling governments, policy-makers and big business that we need to realign all sectors of the economy along environmental principles, yet they’ve been dragging their heels and now we’re left to pick up the pieces.”
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