We are fighting for our future. What we saw in the mass walk out across the UK and in mainland Europe was youth once again standing up for what is right. We fear what climate change will do to our planet, and we fear the lack of will by governments across the world to do anything significant about it.
It’s not difficult to understand why countries don’t have the will to make the drastic changes needed to ensure climate change does not become irreversible. If the climate was a bank, it would have been saved by now. Either Theresa May does not understand the strikes, or she does not see their significance. This was summed up when she said that the strikes simply “increases teachers’ workloads and wastes lesson time”. Perhaps I’d show more sympathy for her on this if it wasn’t her party that has consistently voted to cut the education budget in the name of austerity. So maybe I should put it in language the Prime Minister May will understand: if we continue at this rate of climate change and we reach the 12-year limit at which climate change becomes irreversible, there won’t be many wheat fields for her to run through.
But anyway, good to see she’s secured the youth vote for the Tories…*rolls eyes*. When Swedish teen Greta Thunberg started this movement, she may not have known what it was going to become, but something as significant as this is too important not to have become a widespread student movement. Ultimately, I believe that this is a student-led protest because we are the ones who are going to face the consequences if nothing is done. We, as well as our kids and grandkids, are the ones who are going to have to pick up the pieces from the mess that will be left to us by the majority of governments who have a get-rich-quick attitude. What we saw with these climate change strikes is students stepping up, missing classes to teach politicians a lesson because when parliament has become a schoolyard, schools have to become parliament. There is no planet B, so why destroy it for short term gain?