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Greta Thunberg has a message - and UK MPs need to hear it

Greta Thunberg is coming to the UK. She started a global school strike movement, Fridays For Future, has addressed Davos, the EU, and met the Pope. On Tuesday afternoon she will be in the House of Commons, and all MPs are invited to attend. How many will turn up?

Please email your MP - you can do so easily via https://www.writetothem.com/ and ask them to attend. A simple personal message is best - you can talk about the school strikes in the UK, particularly in your area, and that young people need to know MPs are listening.

You could also tweet them and ask them to come - and even call their office on Tuesday morning (call 020 7219 3000 for the House of Commons switchboard and ask to be put through to their office, giving your MP's name)

Example email (but a personal one is better)

Dear x

On Tuesday 23 April, MPs will have the opportunity to hear Greta Thunberg speak at a special meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change at 2pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House. As my MP I am asking you to attend. Around 1.5 million children and young people worldwide attended the school strikes for climate in March - a global movement which started with one girl, Greta, sitting outside the Swedish Parliament. She has since addressed Davos and the EU, and been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

Extinction Rebellion plans to 'shut down London', demanding government face up to climate crisis

From blocking five major London bridges last November, Extinction Rebellion are scaling up with plans for major disruption in the capital for a fortnight from 15 April. Participants are invited to bring tents to camp out in Parliament Square and other locations. 

The Friday before the action, April 12th, will be the UK's third national school strike. During the fortnight there are expected to be actions in several major cities where Extinction Rebellion is active - it's billed as 'International Rebellion'.

Next UK youth strike 21 June

Find your local strike here. Adults are invited to come along to show support - do read this guide produced by the school strike organisers about how adults can best support them on the day and in other ways. 

Please support if you can the crowdfunder to help cover costs for this ongoing movement.

24 May; Another massive global strike by school and college students.

With over 30,000 young people protesting around the UK demanding action to halt climate change: Guardian report here: schoolchildren go on strike across world over climate crisis

12 April: Young people take to the streets again in their thousands.

A series of very lively, very vocal protests with a particular focus on getting the government to adopt a Green New Deal. The youth strikers in the UK have looked across the Atlantic, where the Sunrise Movement, led by young adults, has propelled the Green New Deal into a serious political bid to tackle the climate emergency. Green New Deal for the UK.

 

 

15 March: around 1.5 million turn out around the world to protest climate inaction.

The protests swept across the globe in at least 100 countries - from Australia, where 150,000 defied a government ruled by the coal industry, across Asia, Africa and to Europe, where city squares and streets were packed in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, in the UK (the video below shows the passion, commitment and energy at the London protest) and on to North and South America.

Video below from London protest:

 

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