Across the country this week, thousands of children are expected to be absent from school on Friday as they take part in a coordinated protest drawing attention to climate change. A template letter for the parents of striking children has been drawn up by Youth Strike 4 Climate which lays out their argument to allow children to strike-
“I’m aware of UK law that permits parents to only give permission for their child to miss school on medical grounds or in a few other cases, one of which is under ‘exceptional circumstances’. My view is that having only 12 years left to cut CO2 emissions by 50%, as per the latest UN IPCC report, is pretty dire and exceptional circumstances to find ourselves in. And it in this light that I’m giving my child permission.”
Children are taking to the streets to tackle this climate emergency and the turnout is expected to be in the low thousands. This inspirational action on climate change is a grassroots movement led by young people and is supported by other campaign groups such as Greenpeace as it gains momentum.
Source: The Guardian