Climate change strike: Thousands of UK students to walk out of schools today for nationwide youth protest

Thousands of students are set to go on strike at 11am on Friday [15th February] as part of a global youth action over climate change.

Strikes are taking place in 60 towns and cities across the country from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands.

Students in the UK are demanding the Government declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem, communicate the severity of the ecological crisis to the public and reform the curriculum to make it an educational priority.

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They also want recognition that young people have the biggest stake in the future, should be involved in policymaking, and that the voting age should be lowered to 16.

But the National Association of Head Teachers said: "Pupils should only be out of school in exceptional circumstances. While NAHT supports the right of young people to express themselves, first and foremost, pupils should be in school during term time."

Read more: Evening Standard

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