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Preston youngsters march through the city in climate change protest

Posted on - 16th March, 2019 - 3:06pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The climate change march in Fishergate during Friday Pic: Jack Dinsley
The climate change march in Fishergate during Friday Pic: Jack Dinsley

Climate change campaigners skipped school during Friday to make their voices heard on the issue.

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Around 50 young people and an additional other 50 adults were in attendance in Preston city centre.

A previous meetup in Preston was held in February, with a smaller number taking part but their ranks swelled during Friday (15 March) afternoon.

Meeting at Preston Railway Station, they marched along Fishergate through crowds of bemused shoppers to the Flag Market.

Jodie Hitchon And Failenn Molloy Pic: Jack Dinsley
Jodie Hitchon And Failenn Molloy Pic: Jack Dinsley

Youngsters drew messages on the floor in chalk and made speeches about their future and how they wanted politicians to act now on the threat of climate change.

After the Flag Market protest, they marched back through Preston to outside the County Hall, where they chanted to gain the attention of council officials.

A number of young people drew in chalk slogans and messages on the walls of the bridge by County Hall.

It wasn’t just the younger generation there, as there were adults also present, showing their support for the cause.

Kirkham town councillor, Miranda Cox, was in attendance and she said: “It was a positive day and the determination of the young people was inspiring.

“They raised awareness of catastrophic climate change and also managed to convey their message to some within the Lancashire County Council offices.

“The fact this was part of a global youth strike that has resulted in an emergency debate on climate in the UN signifies how important it is for young people to make their voices heard.

“I personally am very proud to support them.”

Read more: What next for the Preston Model?

Future marches are planned, with numbers expected to increase.

What do you think about the protests? Did your child take part? Let us know your views in the comments below

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