Youth Strike 4 Climate

Last Friday I joined thousands of school children around the UK, who joined thousands upon thousands of school children around the world in taking a few hours off school in strike action for climate change.

Last August Greta Thunberg from Sweden started sitting outside the Swedish Parliament during school hours with her sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate) and demanded that the Swedish government reduced carbon emissions as stated in the Paris Agreement.

Since then Greta has inspired students around the world not only to join in with her strikes, but to start the conversation about climate change with their friends, their parents and teachers, to start looking at the way we live, what we consume and how we can change for a better future.

During a TED Talk in November Greta stated

‘We already have the facts and solutions, we need to do something now.’

‘We need hope but more than that we need action’.

The atmosphere in Oxford on Friday was unbelievable. I was surprised at the turnout. Children from Primary schools joined University students in a common goal, to raise awareness and to show adults that young people do care and we are the ones who will have to bare the consequences.

The posters and banners displayed a mixture of anger, criticism and disappointment but also showed hope, wit and a determination to change the future.

If these strikes only do one thing, I hope it will be to make the Government realise that while every single person can make changes that will help, it is changes in Government policies and large corporations that will make a real impact.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to Youth Strike 4 Climate

  1. Thanks for doing this,I am glad someone is speaking up about Climate Change.

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  2. Way to go Alex! We need a lot more people to take up the cause and raise awareness for our future climate! Keep up the good work (and your wildlife posts are great too!) 🙂
    -Rachel from

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  3. Thank you for speaking up for nature, Alex!

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  4. Simon Davies says:

    I shared on FB and as I say there “I liked it a lot”. We must stop ignoring the obvious and start doing all the little things,hour in hour out, day in day out that will turn the tide. Great post.

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  5. CT says:

    Good on you Alex. Too many people don’t understand the severity of the situation the planet and life on it is facing. Good for all the young people for speaking out. How did your school react in the end?

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  6. Ashley says:

    It is good to hear what the young people are saying, but just as in the adult world beware your aspirations are not hijacked by subversive elements. Do you think that all the adults in “control” today didn’t at one time also have hopes?
    I think of the Earth as our spaceship; our only home! We need to look after it but if populations keep multiplying where will they go? What will they eat or drink?

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Keep up the good work, Alex!

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