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Camden pupils and politicians join the global climate strike

Camden politicians rally outside council offices and primary pupils take to the streets

20 September, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Netley Primary join the climate strike

Thousands of people took to the streets across the country today as part of a global “climate strike”.

Netley Primary, off of Euston Road, one of the most polluted roads in the country, took to Regent’s Place this morning where they marched with placards chanting: “save our planet.”

Ruby Stolerman, Year 4 teacher at Netley, said: “At the end of the day this is their [children’s] planet. If they learn early on about this, hopefully it will stick and they will be the ones to make the change in the future.”

Asia, 9, said: “I am here today because we want to clean our planet and we want to save the polar bears and the animals.”

A cross-party rally outside the council office in Pancras Square saw politicians and activists call for action on the climate.

Unison branch secretary Liz Wheatley

Liz Wheatley, the branch secretary of Camden Unison, said: “There’s tens of thousands of young people in Westminster rallying to save our planet. I think its important to note that we are making history as we are standing here.

“It is a world where the construction companies that make homes don’t insulate them because it is cheaper not to do it, it’s a world where supermarkets package our food in plastic because it is easier to transport it that way… and where people need food banks yet food is dumped rather than given away.

“Since 2008 over 210 million people have had to flee their homes as a result of extreme weather, primarily floods and droughts.

Highgate councillor Sian Berry said: “We have seen dramatic action from young people. People are actually going on strike about this and this is a reflection of the importance of the issue because there are no jobs on a dead planet, but there are lots of jobs in fixing this problem.

Green Party co-leader Sian Berry

“Preventing climate change means becoming carbon neutral at a target date of 2030 not 2050. It means absolutely preventing going over 1.5 degrees.”

The day follows school strikes inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg movement. The activist is set to join a rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week to discuss climate change.

Conservative councillor Oliver Cooper said: “The climate emergency we face now is the biggest threat to life on earth since the ice age. The biggest peril we face as a civilisation since civilisation is born and it is important that we challenge that.

“Right now one third of emissions in the UK come from transport and approximately one fifth come from boilers.

Conservative Councillor Oliver Cooper

“I wanted to show the unity across the political divide and if anyone drops that baton on that relay, everyone in that team gets disqualified. Everyone needs to work with everyone else to make sure we deliver a cleaner, brighter, better future.”

Council Leader Georgia Gould said: “We are here because the climate crisis impacts all of us. We are so proud of the way young people in the country around the world and telling leaders we need to act. We need the community to stand together to say we will beat this climate crisis.”

Lib Dem Councillor Flick Rea

Lib Dem Councillor Flick Rea said: “I very much congratulate Camden on the steps we have taken so far and it is great to see everyone here today. I know a lot of you as individuals are doing what you can. Each and every one of us has a moral obligation to act. Each one of us has got an individual responsibility as well as working together.”

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