FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE SCOTLAND
CLIMATE STRIKE: Young people take to the streets in global strike from school to demand better action on climate change
Friday for Future Scotland (previously Scottish Youth Climate Strike) have announced that they are joining other young people around the world in demonstrations to demand greater action on the climate crisis. The Climate Strikes will hold their protest on Friday 24th of September with events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Ullapool.
There will be over 700 protests worldwide with hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend.
The Climate Strike comes just over a month before the crucial UN climate talks take place in Glasgow after the IPCC has delivered a “Code Red” climate warning for humanity. The young people are calling on both the UK and Scottish Governments to act in line with what is required, such as committing to a just transition for oil workers into renewable energy, creating accessible public transport and committing to higher emissions targets as our current ones do not align with the Paris Agreement, to name a few.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, over 40,000 people took to the streets across Scotland on September 20th 2019, joining millions worldwide. As physical protesting no longer became safe, the strikers switched to digital striking and other online actions. Restrictions are now lessening and so they have decided to return to physical protesting.
Glasgow will be marching from Kelvingrove Park to George Square starting at 11am, Stirling will also be marching starting and ending at Port Street at 2pm. In Edinburgh, there will be a rally outside the Scottish Parliament starting at 11am and Ullapool will protest at the Clock Tower on Quay Street at 8:30am.
Cora (she/they), 15, from Edinburgh said,
“While the covid19 pandemic has taken over the world, the climate crisis hasn’t gone anywhere and has only continued to get worse. It has ravaged countless towns through floods across Europe, the wildfires in North America, droughts causing famines in Madagascar and Iran. We can’t afford to continue to ignore this crisis because the consequences will be catastrophic.”
Anna Brown (she/her), 19, from Glasgow said,
“With COP26 coming to Glasgow, Scotland and the UK as a whole will be on the world stage. The UK has a historic responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions, and COP is our opportunity to show that we are taking the science seriously and addressing the global inequality that makes the climate crisis so devastating.”
Dylan Hamilton (he/him), 17, from West Lothian, said,
“Scotland is not following the current science, we are using far more than our fair share of emissions to stay in line with the Paris Agreement. Real action has not been taken, despite many great promises from the government. The recent IPCC report has given us a code red warning, we can’t afford to move slowly anymore.”
To ensure these protests do not put people at risk from coronavirus there will be precautions taken including wearing a mask and social distancing. There will be organisers within Fridays For Future encouraging all participants, unless they are medically exempt, to follow these guidelines throughout the protests. If the risk of spreading the virus becomes too high to hold physical demonstrations, the organisers are prepared to cancel the strikes.
Point of Contact
Dylan Hamilton, +44 7860195759, email@example.com
FFF Scotland is a group of young people who have been organising school strikes to protest climate inaction since January 2019. It is part of a global movement called Fridays For Future which began in Sweden by Greta Thunberg in August 2018. https://climatestrike.scot/
Photos from Edinburgh Climate Strike in 2019: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHafNLD
Fridays for Future – 24 September 2021 https://fridaysforfuture.org/september24/