Candidates to face school strikers from Extinction Rebellion in hustings

Climate strikers in St Helen's Square in September. Photograph: YorkMix

Students from the UK School Climate Network (UKSCN) will host a hustings to quiz York Central candidates about their environmental policies, it was announced today.

Members of Extinction Rebellion York and the University and College Union (UCU) will support the hustings.

From 4pm-6pm at the Malthouse, 9 The Crescent, students will invite each candidate to speak for three minutes, followed by a series of questions from the strikers and audience members.

The hustings will follow a day of strikes and actions across the city as part of the upcoming Global Climate Strike.

So far, Labour’s Rachael Maskell, Liberal Democrat James Blanchard, Brexit Party candidate Nicholas Szkiler, and Tom Franklin of the Green Party have confirmed their attendance.

“The aim is to make sure that this election is a climate election, and that we don’t allow politicians to be distracted by other issues – mainly Brexit – which will let them continue to ignore the climate crisis,” says Chloe Wilcox, school striker.

While the school strikers themselves are unable to vote due to age, their connections with other community groups makes them a formidable force in the upcoming election.

The public are welcome to attend.