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Students urge ministers to ‘teach the future’ about climate change

TENS of thousands of students across Britain took to the streets once again today to demand action on climate change.

Over 120 protests took place in Britain, with many more across the globe, despite exams taking place in schools.

Events were held at locations including outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and at George Square in Glasgow, and in Birmingham and London.

Students in London gathered at Parliament Square before marching to the Department for Education.

The “strike” called for a reform in the school curriculum to include more material on climate change.

Protester Evie Hylands, 15, from Glasgow, said the protest “gives a perfect depiction of the anger of the youth,” who will be most affected by the “fall of mother nature.”

“Yet we always seem to be the ones whose opinions are disregarded,” she said. “The youth is now speaking up now, so hear us out. We want to save our planet.”

Similar large-scale protests with schoolchildren and other young people took place in February and March.

The movement was inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who began “striking” from school on Fridays to lobby the Swedish parliament on climate change in August 2018.

Her protest sparked similar strikes across Europe, North America and Australia.

Protest spokesman Jake Woodier said the “Teach the Future” campaign is designed to provide more education for students about climate change in schools.

“Students are really learning and gaining their knowledge from outside of education,” the 26-year-old said.

“We’re calling for dramatic reform of the education system, to provide students with the knowledge and tools to be equipped for the changing world that they’re going to be inheriting.”


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