Climate change walkout: Student strike splits political leaders

Theresa May today took a swipe at “disruptive” school pupils after they walked out on strike over a lack of action on tackling climate change.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said the disruption caused by the climate change walkout will “increase teachers’ workloads and waste lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared for”.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backed the walkout, tweeting: “Climate change is the greatest threat that we all face but it is the school kids of today whose futures are most on the line.

“They are right to feel let down by the generation before them and it’s inspiring to see them making their voice heard today. #SchoolStrike4Climate.”

Students across Britain walked out of classrooms en masse at 11 o’clock this morning as part of a global youth movement calling for a better response to the problem from politicians.

The UK Student Climate Network, which has organised the protest, is calling on ministers to declare “a climate emergency” and inform the public about the seriousness of the situation.

Anna Taylor of the UK Student Climate Network, said: “We’re running out of time for meaningful change and that’s why we’re seeing young people around the world rising up to hold their governments to account on their dismal climate records.

“Unless we take positive action, the future’s looking bleak for those of us that have grown up in an era defined by climate change.”

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