York youngsters prepare for second climate change strike

Flashback to the first YouthStrike4Climate protest in St Helen's Square in February. Photographs: Richard McDougall
14 Mar 2019 @ 7.44 am
| Environment

Young people from across York will be striking again tomorrow in protest over the climate crisis.

The second YouthStrike4Climate will see students walk out of their classrooms again and gather in St Helen’s Square between 11am and 2pm on Friday (15 March).

Organisers say there will be a mass demonstration in the square, speakers, music and performances to “highlight the problems and how we can take further direct action to combat the climate crisis”.

Some parents are taking their younger children along to support the action.

Uni students joining

University of York students are also planning to take part.

They are gathering in Market Square on the Heslington campus, before joining the St Helen’s Square protest.

The UK Student Climate Network says:

  • Young people across the world have been excluded from participating in the fight against the climate crisis.

    In the UK and globally, we are already facing the devastating effects of the climate crisis. Where the older generations have failed us, we have been left with no choice but to take direct action fight for Climate Justice.

They said they are joining “with young people from over 40 different countries to fight for our future.

“Our leaders have failed us, and we believe it is necessary to speak up and show solidarity to the cause.”

10 reasons for the strike

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These are ten reasons given by the UK Student Climate Network on why striking to combat the ecological crisis is vital.

  1. UN climate report 2018 gives us 12 years to cut emissions by 50% to avoid catastrophe
  2. 10% of the world’s population will be climate refugees by 2050, with rising sea levels and crop failure
  3. We’re the first generation to know what we’re doing and the last generation to be able to stop it
  4. Just 100 companies are responsible for over 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions on the planet
  5. Our carbon emissions continue to go up, despite global government pledges
  6. 200 species go extinct every day, 1,000 times the natural rate
  7. A rubbish truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean every single minute
  8. We’re in an emergency, we need unprecedented global action
  9. By 2048 there will be no fish left in our oceans at the current rate of over-fishing and pollution
  10. Young people, with more of their life ahead of them, have the most to lose from an unsafe future