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STUDENTS at more than 50 schools across Britain are expected to strike tomorrow in protest at inaction to prevent climate change.
The Youth Strike For Climate is part of a worldwide protest by school students who say it is their generation which will suffer as a result of the failure of governments to implement policies to halt global warming.
In Britain the students have won the support of 200 academics who have signed a letter saying the students “have every right to be angry” at politicians’ inability or unwillingness to act.
The strikes were prompted by the action of a 16-year-old Swedish school student, Greta Thunberg, who staged a solo strike outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm in August last year.
Now an estimated 70,000 school students are taking weekly action in 270 towns and cities worldwide.
Today’s strike is expected to be the most widespread so far.
The Communist Party of Britain also lent its support to the strike at its political committee on Wednesday night.
Tony Conway, who convenes the party’s anti-racism anti-fascism commission, said: “The young will inherit the planet and so they have every right to insist that vital steps to avoid catastrophic climate change must begin immediately.
“The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has again warned that ‘extraordinary transformations’ are urgently needed in industry, transport, energy, construction, land use and carbon capture to avert disastrous levels of storm damage, disease, famine and migration by the middle of the century.
“Only a socialist system can ensure the large-scale economic planning, public investment, public ownership and international solidarity that will be essential to save the planet for future generations."
The committee heard that humanity now faces a stark choice between “corporate monopolies, market forces and capitalism's ruthless drive for profit” on the one hand and “socialism which puts people and the planet first” on the other.
Speaking at the National Clean Air Summit at the Tate Modern today, London mayor Sadiq Khan said he understands “why children feel very strongly” about pollution and climate change, adding that now is the time for politicians to act.
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