Bangor’s second Youth Climate Strike took place today, Friday 24 May, and strikers of all ages joined the children to protest against climate change inaction.
Mark Barrow, VP for Education at Undeb Bangor, Bangor Students’ Union has been busy working with students, staff and members of the community to organise the second strike after the success of the first strike on 12th of April, 2019.
Students from across the UK have been striking once again to protest lack of government action to combat the climate crisis. The strike in Bangor was just a fraction of the ruckus across the UK today, with marches happening across the nation from Aberdeen to Taunton.
The UK Student Climate Network supports the youth strikes across the UK, here’s what they have to say about the strikes: “We are choosing to rise up and take direct action where older generations have failed. We are already facing devastating and irreversible impacts around the world. This is our final chance to fight for our futures, and our ages will not be what stop us.”
On Friday 15th of February, more than 10,000 students across the UK went on strike to protest lack of government action to combat our climate crisis, and 50,000 participated on the 15th of March.
The Bangor march covered a mile through Bangor, starting at Main Arts Building on College Road and finishing at Bangor’s War Memorial, where the participants had their opportunity to voice their views on the climate crisis.
Local MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams and Rhun ap Iorwerth, the Assembly Member for Anglesey joined the strikers and gave a speech about their vision for their constituents.
Mr Williams said: “To know with utmost certainty that our current treatment of the environment will lead to irreversible and catastrophic damage, but to do so little about it, shows how broken our political system is.
“No one is immune from the effects of climate change, but it is future generations that will face its worst consequences. Without fast and meaningful action, we’ll soon be facing a real and immediate existential crisis.
“It was incredible to see so many young people in attendance today’s rally in Bangor, making a stand for their own futures and the future of our planet. It is young people who are inspiring change.
“Life on Earth is in danger, and scientists all agree that we are entering a period of climate breakdown. That could be very sudden and even more unpredictable, and we are totally unprepared.
“The time for tinkering around the edges has passed. We need radical global action to reverse the effects of climate change. The warnings from scientists have been there for years but successive government have sat on their hands.
“They’ve sat on their hands because they’ve prioritised the fossil fuel lobby over those lobbying for green energy and sustainable transport.
“I’d like to thank all those involved in organising this important event, especially Bangor Students Union who have been proactive in their work on climate and environmental issues. My party and I stand with you stand with you today and every day until we get climate justice.”
Pro Vice Chancellor of the University, Jerry Hunter also took part in the march and talked to the crowds about the amazing work the University already does, having been ranked 8th most sustainable university in the world in the Universitas Indonesia League Table, which highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe. Regardless of this success Jerry Hunter was passionate about how the University can always do more.
Letters were delivered to the University and to Anglesey Council from the organisers asking them to declare a climate crisis.
Mark Barrow, one of the organisers said: “I want to say a massive thank you for everyone who attended today. It was great to see so many young people at the Climate Strike today – these are the people who initiated these marches, across the world, and so it’s fantastic to see them represented here in Bangor. I was especially impressed with all the people who spoke at the end of the march. They were all impressive and effective!”
Undeb Bangor are keen to continue working with Bangor students and the local community on the Youth Climate Strike and the next strike will be held in the new semester when students return and a new cohort of passionate students will join the march.
Photos: Undeb Bangor
#ClimateStrike Bangor! Both @BangorUni and @angleseycouncil were asked to declare a Climate Emergency. Thanks to @HywelPlaidCymru and @BangorUni proVC Jerry Hunter, & Assembly Member for Anglesey for their speeches supporting #ClimateAction. @BangorWalesNews @BBCCymruWales pic.twitter.com/wHhRFy0hjr
— Clare Brewster (@ClareMBrewster) May 24, 2019