You’ve probably heard about the school climate change strikes that have been hitting the headlines recently. Over 1 million pupils across the world missed school on 15 March to highlight the need for stronger, swifter action to tackle global climate change.
Under banners bearing messages like ‘system change not climate change’ and ‘there is no planet B’, young people called on governments to do more.
It’s inspiring to see so many young people standing up for what they believe. When the challenge is so huge, it’s easy to think that we can’t make much of a difference by ourselves, but these proactive young people have given us all a nudge.
A group of school pupils from North Berwick shared with us why they got involved in the local demonstration at the Scottish Parliament.
Emily, 11 (top left), said: ‘my mum showed me a video from Sweden that Greta Thunberg had done, and it was really inspiring what she said; when she has kids in the future, they’d ask her why she didn’t do anything about [climate change], and she’d say that she tried but she couldn’t do anything, and that made me feel quite sad.’
Speaking up for future generations
While the young people are realistic about the impact of the protests, they are confident that speaking with one voice means their message will be harder to ignore.
Zoe, 14 (top right), said: ‘this has been a chance for us to be heard, and a chance for people who have been saying, I care about it but there’s nothing I can do, to go there and show just how many people do care about it.’
The demonstration was an opportunity to send a clear message for decision-makers to take urgent action to create a better future.
Christopher, 11 (bottom left), said: ‘Not enough is being done about it now. The Government has promised that it will reduce CO2 emissions by 2040 but that will be too late. Hopefully this demo will make them act faster.’
Campbell, 11 (bottom right), agreed: ‘Already there are several species that have been made extinct, and polar bears are struggling because the ice caps are melting and the world will become flooded… Something can be done but only if we take action now, not in 10 years. I do think our action will make the Government do something, but they have to do it now.’
Playing our part to tackle climate change
Here at Changeworks, we recognise that climate change is the most significant threat to the environment and our way of life. That’s why our mission is to develop and deliver high impact solutions to make low carbon life a positive reality for everyone.
One way we do this is through our work with schools and we’re excited to see young people embracing these issues with such determination.
The knowledge and passion with which young people in Scotland speak about environmental issues should prompt us all to think more urgently about what we can do personally to play our part in tackling climate change.
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