As thousands of pupils strike over the catastrophe facing the planet, we demand a state of emergency be called, says the UK Student Climate Network
Were the UK Student Climate Network. Were young, were students and were calling for change. Our movement started in February when tens of thousands of young people took to the streets in towns and cities around Britain, in an unprecedented emergence of a youth climate justice movement.
Weve joined a movement thats spreading rapidly across the world, catalysed by the actions of one individual in taking a stand in August last year. Greta Thunberg may have been the spark, but were the wildfire and were fuelled by the necessity for action.
The climate is in crisis. We will be facing ecological catastrophe and climate breakdown in the very near future if those in power dont act urgently and radically to change our trajectory. Scientists have been giving increasingly dire warnings about the state of our planet for years, with the urgency and severity of their message escalating in recent times. Its abundantly clear: change is needed, and its needed now!
Previous generations and those in positions of power have failed to protect us, theyve failed to ensure weve got a future to look forward to. Not only this, those elected to lead and govern have betrayed countless people across the world already suffering the devastating impacts of climate change.
The burden for creating the change we need to see in the world has sadly fallen upon us and our peers around the world, unified in our common struggle to address the climate crisis. Failure is not an option, thats why were demanding the following:
Declare a climate emergency
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