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School children strike over 'lack of climate change action'

School children strike over 'lack of climate change action'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:01pm 15th February 2019. (Updated at 1:06pm 15th February 2019)

Children across Cornwall are ditching school to protest over a lack of action on climate change.

Thousands across the country have swapped the classroom for the picket line.

Eco-conscious youngsters are taking part in more than 50 planned Youth Strike 4 Climate protests in the UK.

It is unclear how many British students will be involved in the walkout, but up to 70,000 are thought to be striking across the world.

A big protest has been held outside County Hall in Truro.

"At Budehaven Community School, we are having a protest, much like the rest of the UK, to discuss an ongoing issue of climate change.

"On behalf of the students, I am trying to give them a voice to issues that is, as the Millennial Generation, have to deal with and try to fix. The use of single use plastics, the melting polar caps and global warming.

"The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is bigger than Europe, all of this plastic having been made in the last 50 or 60 years. Sadly this has caused many fish to suffocate due to them mistaking this plastic for food. If the fish do survive, they could be eaten by another animal or possibly even by us, therefore we are eating plastic.

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A playground wall at Budehaven Community School has been chalked in a protest about climate change

"The use of single use plastics is a serious problem that we have to try and face. Too many schools use single use plastics, only leading to global warming and the change in our climate, such as melting ice caps.

"Within our lifetime, the melting of the ice caps could cause island to be completely swallowed, such as the Maldives. This is a beautiful place, that we should let future generations explore.

"Should we really let our future swim in a sea of plastic?? Letting our children suffocate, like we suffocate our planet.

"We chalked a playground wall to try and display our message, we need a voice."

Megan Spooner, Budehaven Community School

The group Youth Strike 4 Climate has posted on its Facebook page: "The world is finally waking up.

"Millions of young people are realising it's now or never and are looking to take direct action on the climate action."

School children are expected to be taking part in strikes in 270 towns and cities worldwide.

The students are following in the footsteps of Greta Thunberg, a Swedish schoolgirl who held a month-long protest over the issue outside of her country's parliament.

Downing Street says strike action by schoolchildren across the UK is "damaging" for pupils and increases teacher workloads.

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