Hundreds of school children, university students and members of the public from Anglesey and Gwynedd took part in the global climate strike on Friday 29th November.
The protestors marched from Menai Bridge to Bangor in a peaceful protest which was aimed at raising awareness of climate change and calls for action by schools, councils and the Welsh and UK governments on the climate crisis that the planet faces.
The march was followed by a climate crisis Question Time event at Pontio theatre in Bangor, where a panel of invited local headteachers, councillors and distinguished guests answered questions about the work being done locally to tackle the climate emergency.
Pupils from local schools such as Ysgol David Hughes, Ysgol Friars, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Ysgol Tryfan and Coleg Menai walked out of morning lessons to join the march.
School pupils from Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge, who joined the protest included Alice Newman (14) who said: “My future is in your hands as I do not have a vote. Remember to vote for the planet in the upcoming election.”
Shea Howard (15) added: “We need our school to do more to address the climate emergency.” and Victoria (11) said: “I can’t believe adults aren’t panicking. Why don’t we hear about any of this in school?” .
During the event at Pontio a school/college climate emergency campaign was launched, demanding that their institutions acknowledge the climate science and accept the severity of the crisis the planet is facing.
Previous strikes in Bangor have led to Gwynedd County Council and Bangor University taking direct action to reduce negative environmental impacts, and now they want to see the climate crisis acknowledged in their own institutions.
This is the 6th climate strike to take place in the Bangor area and although this originally started as a youth led movement it has expanded to include the whole community, as the climate crisis affects us all. Support for the group has grown considerably in the last couple of months after environmental activist Greta Thunberg re-tweeted the October Bangor strike on Twitter.
The strike was also mentioned in the lecture ‘Climate Change: Hope from despair’ given by the climate scientist Professor Kevin Anderson in Bangor University last week.
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