Schoolchildren to strike in North Derbyshire

Climate strike support rallies will take place across the County.

Trade Unionists, climate campaigners and parents will be amongst those supporting young people taking action for climate change this Friday in Chesterfield and across Derbyshire. In Chesterfield a rally will take place from 12.00 noon outside Chesterfield Town Hall on Rose Hill, and other events will take place in Matlock (Crown Square 11.00am) Belper (Memorial Gardens 12.30) and Derby (Council House 11.00am).

This Friday young people around the globe will be protesting, raising awareness and demanding action on the looming climate catastrophe. The latest of the monthly “Fridays for the future” actions, which have seen school students and other young people take to the streets in unprecedented number over recent months.

This time school strike organisers including Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish campaigner who is the global figurehead of the movement, have explicitly called on adults to join them in the campaign for a just transition to a sustainable future for our planet.

Trade unionists will be supporting the climate action alongside climate campaign groups. 

President of Chesterfield TUC James Eaden said “Last week the Trades Union Congress annual conference in Brighton voted unanimously to support young people protesting for a sustainable future for our planet. I would urge everybody to do what you can on the day to show your support for young people across the world who will be highlighting the acute global climate crisis by their actions this Friday.”

Greg Hewitt of Chesterfield Climate Alliance said “We are facing a climate emergency. The world is hitting record-breaking temperatures, and the poorest communities are being affected the most. The devastating decline in  biodiversity is set to wipe out a million species. Our oceans are choking in plastic and our children are breathing toxic air. The science is clear and we are feeling the impacts. This is not a future problem: THE TIME IS NOW! All of us who are concerned about the future of our planet can make a difference by supporting in whatever way we can the School Strike for climate the Friday."

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