Widespread student actions are expected all over the UK on Friday 15th February as young students demand that all governments take decisive and immediate action to address our escalating climate crisis. This follows the lead set by Greta Thunberg a 16 year old climate activist in Sweden.
At the Steiner Academy Hereford some concerned students from classes 6 upwards are planning to show their solidarity and have organised for students to stop participating in lessons and occupy the school hall on Friday. During the strike students will lead a singing practice workshop and will produce posters, placards, insect models and art work.
It is expected that students will participate in a presentation delivered by Hereford Art College on climate emergency which includes an update on Greta Thunberg’s campaign and the youth strikes which are taking place nationally and internationally.
The students also plan to produce a School Declaration to be signed by individuals calling on our government, locally and nationally, to take clear and proportionate action to get us to Zero Carbon by 2025, to try and reverse the climate damage and prevent the ongoing threatened mass extinction of many animals and insects.
Lily from C9 explained: “ we are striking by coming out of lessons, occupying the main hall and we intend to use this time productively to educate ourselves more about the urgency to take action to reverse climate change and to produce resources to support the movement and create a school-wide declaration.”
Three students spoke to the Board of Governors last Friday about the proposed strike and were delighted to receive their full support.
“Here at the Steiner Academy we encourage our students to be responsible, socially-aware and to connect with the natural world of which they are a part.” says Principal Kate Andrews. “We’re happy to support our students to take positive and constructive action to highlight the potential impact of climate change and to engage with this vitally important issue that will have such an effect on their lives.”