Sixteen year old’s called for urgent action to be taken by the Government on Climate Change when they held a peaceful protest outside of Crewkerne Town Hall on Friday March 15th. Thomas Goddard and his friend Alfie Matthews were joined by fellow student campaigners and concerned members of the public who want to see governments all across the world doing much more to address the issues around global warming. Alison Davies who actively supports the youth campaign said: “Do not lose faith in the young. There is so much hope that change will come, more than we realise. Just look at what’s been happening around the world today in different countries, with students taking part in a global school strike.”
The coordinated protests on Climate Change saw hundreds of thousands of school, college and university students in countries across the world, demand that politicians take notice and act urgently to further reduce carbon emissions and greenhouses gases before it’s too late. Under the Fridays for Future banner, the global protests were inspired by 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who began protesting in August 2018 on Fridays outside of the Swedish Parliament (Rikstag). Since then she has addressed world leaders on climate change at United Nation summits and the World Economic Forum and has been recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In one of her rallying speeches broadcast on air, Greta said: “What we do or don’t do now, will affect the lives of our children and grandchildren.” The UK protests held on Friday were coordinated by students from Youth Strike 4 Climate, UK Student Climate Network and the UK Youth Climate Coalition. The Youth Coalition wants young people to be included in decision making that will affect them and the planet and is also calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16 years of age.