Thousands of young British climate activists are due to walk out of class for another wave of strikes against global warming in the new school year.
Scores of demonstrations will take place around the world on 20 September – ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York three days later.
Adults have been urged to stand alongside teenagers and young people to help amplify a “clear message for urgent and ambitious” climate action.
The UK-wide protests are being organised by Earth Strike UK and the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN), which has criticised governments for failing to “take sufficient action to mitigate this unprecedented crisis”.
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‘Time is running out’
Schoolchildren take part in a student climate protest on March 15, 2019 in London (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Noga Levy-Rapoport, of UKSCN, said: “The road is rapidly running out and we’re in a car that’s about to drive off a cliff.
“We’re calling for a green new deal to meet the scale of the problem with the speed and ambition it requires.”
The 17-year-old added: “We’re demanding change, and we’re demanding it now.”
In a statement, both organisations said Greenpeace UK, Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern Ireland, Christian Aid and the National Union of Students.
Organisers said plans include “additional actions” in the seven days after the strike, making up the “Week for Future and Climate Justice”.
Future of the planet
Ian Hodson, national president of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, said: “The question isn’t what will happen to me if I join the strike, but what will happen to the planet if I don’t.
“There are no jobs on a dead planet.”
The global youth climate strikes movement was kickstarted by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, who staged weekly protests outside the Swedish parliament after huge forest fires wiped out large parts of her country.
In April, thousands of young people walked out of school and took part in more than 50YouthStrikes4Climate demonstrations across the UK.