Students around the world are walking out of lessons to demand politicians take urgent action on climate change
Fri 24 May 2019 09.17
We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and commenting – here’s a summary of the afternoon’s events:
• Hundreds of thousands of children and young people walked out of lessons around the world on Friday, with strikes in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Beforehand, organisers said the number of young people taking part would top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March.
• The core principles for a Green New Deal for the West Midlands was published on Friday. They emerged from a two-hour Citizens Assembly, held at Birmingham City University in the wake of Parliament’s declaration of a climate emergency. The principles will now be shared with councillors across the region and a programme of follow-up events organised to turn them into practical ideas for change.
• More than one hundred doctors have signed a letter in support of the school climate strikes. The letter read: “As doctors we understand that in order to successfully manage any emergency, the first step is to identify that that is the situation we find ourselves in.“
• In Cambridge, more than 2,000 school children have taken to the streets as part of the youth climate strikes. In what is the biggest turnout yet in the city in eastern England, a march took place on the King’s Parade.