LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FEBRUARY 15, 2019) (REUTERS) – Young climate change protesters skipped class to march on central London’s Parliament Square on Friday (February 15) with a message for politicians: “do something”.
They were among the thousands of children across Britain demanding that the government do more to tackle climate change.
The protest was one of over 40 national walkouts from primary schools, high schools and universities, organised by students as part of Britain’s first Youth Strike 4 Climate.
The British protest was inspired by similar demonstrations across the world, with thousands of students marching last month in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
It forms part of a global ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ movement, which began in August 2018 when 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg began protesting outside the Swedish parliament on school.