#GlobalClimateStrike: Scotland joins voices from around the world

Thousands across Scotland joined millions across the world to demand action in the face of the climate emergency

SCOTLAND has joined with nations across the world in a global strike demanding action to halt the climate emergency that threatens the future of the human race.

Amongst the millions that participated in the global protest were children and teenagers from schools throughout Scotland, who joined with activists and politicians, environmentalists and conservationists, charities and trade unions, young and old to argue for the necessity of a radical response to climate change. Many of those involved recognised the crucial role of the world’s youth in leading the way.

On 19 September, a day ahead of the climate strike, the Scottish Parliament saw First Minister Nicola Sturgeon state that involvement in the demonstrations will not cost any Scottish student their bursary, shortly after the Scottish Children’s Commissioner Bruce Adamson strongly urged the country’s education leaders to issue no punishment against those young people absent from school because of their involvement in the protest.

These positions strongly contrasted with that of the UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said: “Every child should be in school.”

CommonSpace has been reporting on the strike actions in Edinburgh and Glasgow throughout the day.

Scotland

In the Scottish capital, thousands assembled peacefully in the Meadows before marching on Holyrood.

CommonSpace spoke to National Union of Students Scotland president Liam McCabe, who addressed the crowd and affirmed NUS Scotland’s commitment to supporting further action on climate change:

Glasgow also saw a massive turnout for the demonstration.

CommonSpace spoke to Green MSP Ross Greer, in attendance at the Glasgow strike:

We also spoke to some of the young people who walked out of school to make their voices heard:

England

The rest of the UK also saw enormous engagement with the strike.

The world

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