Do You Support The #ClimateStrike in UK?

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Do you support the climatestrike in UK?

Protests are going to streets across the UK in a bid to urge more government action on climate change. 

It's part of a global "climate strike" day, a movement that has been inspired by Swedish schoolgirl and climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The movement has been met with enthusiasm by many activists, politicians and educators but also with skepticism by others.

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In a controversial interview for Sky, the British columnist Brendan O’neil called the movement a religious cult worshiping “ST. Greta” and preaching about the end of the world.

The UK schools minister has shown skepticism regarding the students taking one day off class to take part in what could be the world's biggest-ever climate strike.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We share the passion, as a Government, of young people for tackling climate change, and that is why this Government and this country is committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

"But we don't think it should be at the expense of a child's education because what we want is for the next generation to be as well educated as possible to tackle these kinds of problems.

Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood "in solidarity" with those taking part.

It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and "kids' space" in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King's College London.

Since the UK strikes begun last autumn, there has been many debates of the appropriate response from educators. Many have expressed enthusiasm for the students’ protests, while others have been less enthusiastic. Conservative politicians such as Theresa May and former education secretary Damian Hinds have repeatedly told the students they should get back to class. Some schools have even handed out detentions for those bold enough to walk out for the strikes.

In response, Amnesty International’s secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, wrote to 25,000 headteachers last week, urging them not to prevent or punish students for taking part in the upcoming actions.

Greta Thunberg was behind the Fridays for Future movement which evolved into the Youth Strike 4 Cimate movement.

The young eco-activists have called upon politicians to take climate change seriously, although these demonstrations are for all ages and are thought to draw the biggest crowds yet.

The Global Climate Strike movement intends to "disrupt business" all over the world to raise awareness of the issue.

So, what do you think? Is the #climatestrike a good idea?

20 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Left to their own devices, governments, businesses and multinational corporations will do nothing to limit climate change. They have to be dragged along kicking and screaming like spoilt children; so affecting their greed for money by withdrawing my labour is the only power I have.

  2. Geraldine says:

    I support it because that’s the only power I have. The people who have the power to make decisions that influence air pollution, sea pollution etc need to hear the voice of the people. However it will take more of us, a lot more of us, enough to make them worry about their position in office or the sale of their product etc before they sit up and listen.

  3. Richard Ives says:

    200 species are going extinct every day from pollution and habitat loss. We have entered the sixth mass extinction. Climate change will make that worse. Read the science if you’re sceptical. We don’t have long to do something about this. It’s not too late to avoid complete catastrophe.

  4. russ blackwell says:

    Having read the science in this issue. And checked th given parameters they were set. It seems they were told to prove that initially ” Global warming” was And issue. Having been debunked they change the Parameters, to prove “Climate change”, was caused by the Human race. Well given they were “TOLD” TO PROVE IT. All the research is flawed, and as such, totally without merit.. in Short it is False. Were they given free reign to actually do some research without parameters being set, then we would have the truth.
    The word in the research community, is many were afraid they would lose they funding, and gave back the answers they were told to return.
    Anecdotal evidence suggests this 8s more widespread, than one would imagine. So any “Results” should be viewed with some scepticism, or indeed totally ignored as works of pure fiction.
    Independent scientists are more inclined to believe, that solar activity would more likely cause temperature fluctuations. Rather than the claim “Greenhouse Gases”. What dies that actually mean? There was even a school of thought that claimed it was Cattle, Burping methane that was one of the largest contributing factors. Really? What a Joke that is.
    Some Truth will eventually be published. But don’t expect it from the establishments information sources,

  5. Steve Radford says:

    People are burying their heads in the sand over an awful lot of things these days . This is one such thing where scientists warnings are being largely ignored.

  6. Beabac says:

    Although I do agree we could be more kind to earth. I think that it is fake news to blame us! More likely things like Chemtrails WiFi 5G, Fracking and god knows what else is being messed about with. Eyes wide shut! Wake up people!

  7. Donna says:

    I support the climate strike because the future of all life on earth depends upon it.

  8. Jannet Mathers says:

    We simply cannot go on like this!! Surely people have realised this by now. We are destroying the earth we live on, and once we have destroyed everything, we will not eat, drink or breathe. It’s a no-brainer.

  9. Maggie says:

    Far too many hypocritical luvvies involved in these demonstrations. Just doing it to serve their own p.r interests ….

    • Jeremy says:

      That is very true to everyone has a position on everything.

      Maggie, could you lead the way and share with us all YOUR p.r. interests.

      And so others can follow suit.

  10. DANIEL BUTLER says:

    Our contribution to climate change is minuscule. People should be protesting outside China’s and other embassies responsible for most of the pollutions. I also believe that you can’t alter mother nature’s intent. We have little influence

  11. Margaret Ogburn says:

    1. I do not believe in Global Warming, I think the climate is bound to change naturally through the years. For example the Ice age
    2. I don’t think Teachers should be encouraging school students to take time out for this ‘strike’

  12. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  13. Roz Rayner-Rix says:

    What would you propose we do? You are being conned into feeling guilty by media hoaxes and believe there is something we can do… WE CANNOT. WE ARE NOT GOD OR THE SUN. The Sun controls the climate and no amount of controlling pollution levels with alter that, however we do need a better system of waste disposal. Super hot incinerators with suitable filtration will take care of that and give us power in return. This is being done in Sweden and no fumes have been detected…
    Pollution does not cause climate change, the Sun’s activity does and it is very low just now… Do the research and stop following a patsy of a little girl who has been chosen by the elite to do a dastardly deed that she knows next to nothing about…
    My background is in RADAR and some meteorology…

    • Jeremy says:

      Roz, you seem to have researched this very deeply.
      If you could point me to your findings?
      It’s good to share this information and be open to debate what you raise.

  14. Janice Bone says:

    There are better ways of highlighting this issue other than strike action I am sure

    • Jeremy says:

      Janice, you seem to agree with the reasons for people demonstrating.
      It would be great for you to share with us what you are doing to make the changes you are so keen to happen.
      And to explain what are you trying to achieve through your actions.

  15. phillip k harrison says:

    it’s their own future they are fighting for and as adults, we should/must be doing something now so they can have that future

  16. Valerie Matthews says:

    Because it is the most pressing issue of our day, Time for people to wake up to the fact that the many predictions are NOT fantasy.

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