Students Walk Out In Climate Change Protest In UK

Students Walk Out In Climate Change Protest In UK

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Students Walk Out In Climate Change Protest In UK

Thousands of school students walked out of classrooms across the UK on Friday to join a national climate change protest.

The protest, called Youth Strike 4 Climate, took place in more than 60 British cities and towns from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, according to CNN.

Waving banners which read "if you do not act as adults, we will" and "the dinosaurs thought they had time too", thousands of students gathered in front of the Houses of Parliament in London.

The aim of the strike was to raise awareness of the growing threats of climate change and urge the UK government to declare a climate emergency, organizers of the protest told CNN.

Jake Woodier of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, who helped coordinate the strikes, said that more than 10,000 people across the UK took part in the protests.

"I think the key message out of it is young people and students are demonstrating to those in power that there is the need for urgent and radical climate action," he told CNN.

17-year-old Sophie Sleeman, who helped organize a strike in Exeter, Devon, told CNN that her school told her to call off the strike, but that she went ahead as she believes "the education system, the media and government aren't doing enough to tackle climate change or portray its severity to us."

"I am feeling an incredible sense of solidarity with everyone protesting. I feel like I am implementing change," she said, adding that more than a 1,000 people took part in the Exeter march.

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