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We must stand with the young people striking for climate justice

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In August last year, Greta Thunberg began a solo vigil outside the Swedish Parliament, refusing to go to school in protest at politicians’ failure to take the climate emergency seriously.

Her quiet vigil first captured the imagination of the Swedish public, who had just suffered the impacts of the hottest summer in more than 250 years – then she sparked an astonishing global revolution, which has been truly inspiring to see.

By November, school strikes were being organised around the world – in Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan, the US. Since then, they’ve grown to include every continent. This Friday, students will be taking to streets in hundreds of towns and cities across the UK to demand climate action.

The striking students have faced huge pressure from their schools and politicians to do ‘more learning and less activism’, in order to gain the skills needed to solve this crisis. This misses the point: we don’t have time to wait until today’s schoolchildren are in positions of power. By then it will be too late.

The scientists have been warning us for years about the catastrophe we face, yet politicians have failed to respond.

As Greta said in a speech she gave to the UN earlier this year, ‘you are........

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