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Young people should be praised rather than punished for climate strikes

Monday 16 September 2019

Cllr Rachel Woods has urged schools and parents to praise rather than punish young people attending climate strikes on Friday.

Cllr Woods said: “Students across the world will walk out of school as part of the Global Climate Strike on Friday.

“Supporters and allies will join them and many parents will support young people in their right to protest and demand action on climate breakdown.

“What started with one girl striking outside the Swedish Parliament has now grown into a worldwide movement – and rightly so.

“Young people have inherited climate breakdown created many decades ago.

“We have 11 years to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change and we need to mobilise at all levels.

“I would encourage people to take part in this climate strike, getting the message out there, ensuring that the voices of our young people are heard.

“I’ve written to the principals of local post primary schools to encourage them to enable pupils to participate in the strike.

“These young people should be praised rather than punished!”

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