The hugely inspiring national school students' strike against climate change should be the start of a coordinated, international campaign, reports Jago Corry
The national youth strike for climate change saw thousands of students all around the country walk out from school on strike and protest in their town and city centres. Upon asking the multiple groups of school, college and university students, it is clear the issue of climate change is at the centre of their concerns. Young people will be the most affected if climate change is not reversed.
Following the irritations from the political class in reaction to today’s ongoings, more protests are in order. Today’s strike should be the start of an international campaign, interlinked with class struggle to achieve a world that puts both the workers and climate before profit. Striking has been at the centre of class struggle's history, hopefully the hyperinflating issue of climate change can be a much-needed focus to the cause.
The strike followed into Bournemouth's town square, where students across Bournemouth and Poole chanted words of climate action and system change. All branches of Bournemouth's progressive political culture came out in solidarity with the striking students. The local Labour party has been contributing to a campaign against the building of a recently built oil rig on Bournemouth’s coastline. The area is no stranger to big capital evading environmental concerns for private gain. The leading organiser read out the demands from 'YouthStrike4Climate', such demands as the immediate deceleration of a 'climate emergency' saw widespread applause.
Jago Corry is a socialist activist, writer and undergraduate Politics student. They are presenting their dissertation research on dissolving neoliberal discourses to the 2019 BCUR conference.