Do You Support The #ClimateStrike in UK?
Do you support the climatestrike in UK?
Children and young people in more than 100 towns and cities across the UK walked out of classrooms today for the latest youth strike.
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?
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