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13-year-old girl joins a nationwide protest on climate change

13-year-old girl joins a nationwide protest on climate change

Published by Emma Carton at 7:02am 20th September 2019. (Updated at 8:11am 20th September 2019)

Meet the 13-year-old girl from Cornwall who is joining worldwide protests on climate change.

Beth Saddler from Helston is among dozens of students across the Duchy who are missing school on Friday.

It is part of the Extinction Rebellion Youth Strike, telling politicians time is running out to save our planet.

The initiative is one of around 200 events taking place around the UK.

"We're all just petrified for what's going to happen to us".

Beth, who is vegan and whose school has already made moves to cut plastic waste, tells Pirate FM everyone needs to come together.

"Children in my generation - we're scared that we're not going to have a future like the generations before us did.

"Because the world is collapsing - our civilisation is going to collapse.

"We're all just petrified for what's going to happen to us.

"Everybody needs to make small changes to help if they can.

"But really I think everybody needs to come together and make the government listen and just turn more environmetally-friendly as a unit".

Beth Saddler

You can hear Beth's full story below.

13-year-old Beth Saddler from Helston talking about why she is missing school to protect our planet

Truro and Falmouth MP, Sarah Newton, has called for greater protections for local natural habitats to support nature-based solutions to tackle climate change.

She says the science is clear that action must be taken now to prevent global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5C and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

The Government was the first in the G20 to adopt a net zero emissions target, aiming to end the UK’s contribution to climate change altogether by 2050.

Natural habitats such as forests, meadows, coasts and peatlands, can draw down and store huge amounts of carbon whilst providing a home for wildlife.  

"The Government has pledged to introduce a highly ambitious Environment Bill, outlining our plans to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.

"This Bill must have strong, legally-binding targets to restore nature and map out where local natural habitats need protecting.

"This is an important part of tackling climate change, we cannot hope to solve to this global issue without restoring nature".

Sarah Newton

The South-West TUC is recommending ways in which trade unions and workers can show support to the young climate strikers this Friday.

The show of solidarity comes off the back of a new report from the federation of unions, “A Just Transition”, that calls for:

  1. A clear and funded path to a low-carbon economy
  2. Workers to be at the heart of delivering these plans,
  3. Every worker to have access to funding that improves skills for the future.
  4. Every new, greener job created to be of a good quality with trade union recognition, decent pay, terms and conditions, high standards of health and safety, and a fair pension. 

“We're calling on the trade union movement to show solidarity, in any way they can, to the younger generation who are leading the charge on the climate emergency.

“Restrictive, anti-union, anti-worker laws can prevent many people from using their voices at work.

"But there are many ways in which the union movement can show we stand with the younger generation, and let them know they don’t fight alone. 

“Trade unions have always fought for better jobs, stronger rights and pay, and an economy that delivers decent, fairer and greener work for all.

“This Friday we will stand proudly alongside the climate strikers as we call on government and decision-makers to do more to save our communities and our planet".

Nigel Costley, South West TUC

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