Nursery children join global climate strike

Olivia Rook
Friday, September 20, 2019

Millions of people around the world, from London and New York, to Sydney, are protesting against the global climate struggle.

Children held signs reading: ‘Save our Future’, ‘There is NO planet B’ and ‘Respect your Mother’ on the march.
Children held signs reading: ‘Save our Future’, ‘There is NO planet B’ and ‘Respect your Mother’ on the march.

Thousands of people across the UK, including nursery children and staff, have joined forces today to take part in a global climate strike.

The rallies are taking place in a number of UK cities, such as Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and London, with the aim of raising awareness and urging the Government to take immediate action against the global climate struggle.

Workers have left their jobs for the day and children have skipped school, many of them being supported by teachers. Nurseries have also joined the march, with Pebbles Childcare in Worthing making placards and striking on the local town hall.

Chloe Webster, an early years practitioner at the setting, said: ‘Today children at Pebbles Childcare, Worthing joined the global #strike4climate and discussed the importance of our world and how it’s vital we protect it, showing brilliant awareness, understanding and respect of the natural world and actions we can take.

‘The children joined the strike at the Town Hall and marched through Worthing town centre and along the seafront. They were enthralled by the whole strike/march process and loved being a part of it.’

She added: ‘We feel it’s important for our children to understand they can use their voice in such a way to fight for what they believe in.’

Children held signs reading: ‘Save our Future’, ‘There is NO planet B’ and ‘Respect your Mother’ on the march.

Speaking at a climate protest in London, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘Thank you to each and every one of us that is here today showing our determination to combat climate change, protect our environment and our planet.

‘To those who say school students and college students should be in college today, I say thank you for being here and for teaching me and everybody else a lesson about the environment.’

Those striking in the UK are not alone. Millions of people are taking part around the world, from Sydney and Manila, to Dhaka and New York.

What has inspired the strikes?
The global action follows earlier school strikes inspired by the environmental activist, Greta Thunberg.

The 16-year-old from Sweden is set to join a rally in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week to discuss climate change.

Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic in order to avoid taking an airplane, which would have been highly polluting for the environment.

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