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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems support School Strike For Climate Campaign

February 15, 2019 9:26 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and Scottish Affairs spokesperson has today backed young people who are striking over climate change.

Inspired by 16 year old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, who held a solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament, this movement has now seen protests from 70,000 schoolchildren each week across 270 towns and cities worldwide.

Today students around the country walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.

Commenting Mr Stone said:

"Climate change poses a serious threat to the future of our planet and leading scientists have recently warned that we only have 12 years to make changes or risk major climate catastrophe.

"These strikes are a call for everyone to take climate change seriously and I am impressed by the commitment and democratic engagement of these young people.

"It is these student's futures we are gambling with when we refuse to make the changes necessary and that is why I, alongside the Liberal Democrats, support their strike today."