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Preston pupils join worldwide climate change protest

Posted on - 15th February, 2019 - 4:54pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Schools
Banner unfurled on the Flag Market by school strike action group in Preston Pic: Jim Beattie
Banner unfurled on the Flag Market by school strike action group in Preston Pic: Jim Beattie

Pupils from across schools in Preston have skipped class to protest about inaction on climate change.

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Dozens of pupils staged a sit-down protest on the Flag Market by Preston Cenotaph.

A banner saying ‘School Strike for Climate Change’ was laid out on the pavement along with signs like ‘Make Love Not Emissions’.

They joined a world-wide movement which demands politicians do more to tackle global warming.

Four key demands have been made by those taking part, according to BBC News:

1) The government should declare a “climate emergency”

2) The national curriculum should be reformed to include “the ecological crisis”

3) It should also inform the public about the seriousness of the situation

4) The age of voting should be lowered to 16 so younger people can be involved in decision-making around environmental issues

Read more: Council tax bills set to rise in Preston

The protest took place on the Flag Market Pic: Jim Beattie

Children have been inspired by the acts of 15-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg who skipped school in September last year to protest outside government buildings.

What do you think about the school strike? Have you let your child join it? Let us know your views in the comments below

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