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"There are things that can be done no matter how old you are"

"There are things that can be done no matter how old you are"

Published by Grace Marner
5:00pm 20th September 2019. (Updated at 5:45pm 20th September 2019)

Young people took to the streets of King's Lynn to stand against climate change.

They joined millions across the world who want to see more being done to tackle the issue.

KLFM spoke to some of the children at the strike today as well as St Martin at Shouldham and All Saints Academy who honoured the strikes in their own special way. 

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People young and old joined in the strike action

In amongst those that took part in the strikes today were school children.

Some of them had permission from their schools to join in the protests, others had to take unauthorised absences. 

11-year-old Margaret was on of the children protesting today. She hopes she can make a difference and show people what's really going on. 

"My school supported people to do this so I think that actually we should be missing school because what's the point of having an education when there's no real future."

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11-year-old Margaret

Margaret's mum, Maria fully supports her decision:

"I really support her, I think it's a great idea. I think kids should protest and make their voices heard. 

"I don't really know what the point is of them going to school on a day like this, they should be out protesting because what's the point of learning maths if you haven't got a future."

 

12-year-old Thomas was also passionate about the cause:

"I think if adult politicians refuse to do anything about it and it's my future then I have to stand up and do something.

"It's my future and I was to go to University, do many things with my life but I might not be able to do that.

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His mum said:

"I feel ashamed that we are going to leave the planet in the state that it is for my son and my daughter to grow up in. 

"I wouldn't leave a house that I moved out of in a bad state for the people, I would want to leave it in a good state for them to come in and make it a home. Well I want the planet to be his home."

 

The strike was organised by Jordan and Harry. Jordan told KL.FM:

It's to get King's Lynn and West Norfolk councillors to declare a climate emergency. 

It's time for [them] to do it now."

All Saints Academy and St Martin at Shouldham took their own action in school time today.

They marched around their village green as part of their strike.

Protest

 

Assistant Headteacher of St Martin, Amberlee Marshall  said:

"As both a Church and an Eco school, we put great importance on caring for the world around us.

"This half term each class has been studying different continents and learning about climate change as part of this topic learning. 

"We don't want our pupils to become anxious about the future and want to show them that their opinion and voice matters. There are things that can be done no matter how old you are."

Amberlee Marshall

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