HUNDREDS of students and school pupils across Scotland are expected to take part in this week’s first UK-wide youth strikes, calling for governments around the world to take urgent action on climate change. The strikes, co-ordinated by the UK Student Climate Network – in some places with the support of Extinction Rebellion groups – are planned in at least five Scottish towns and cities including Edinburgh and Glasgow, with protests planned outside Glasgow City Chambers and the Scottish Parliament. In smaller towns such as Fort William, Forres and Ullapool, striking pupils will meet outside the school gates. In total more than 30 locations across the UK have confirmed they are planning action to draw attention to the need for policy makers to take urgent action, with thousands expected to participate. Most are inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg, who decided to hold a school strike outside the Swedish Parliament building last August and has continued weekly strikes under the Fridays for Future banner.
The National 10th Feb 2019 read more »