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Newbury school pupils stage climate protest

Students walk out of lessons to demonstrate outside town hall as part of global movement

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West Berkshire school pupils stage climate protest

PUPILS from two West Berkshire schools staged a walk-out today as part of wider international student protest against climate change.

Around 50 students from St Bartholomew's School and St Gabriel's left their lessons at 11am and marched to the Market Place, where they staged a peaceful demonstration outside Newbury Town Hall.

Many held placards aloft and shouted chants condemning the government’s inaction over climate change, such as "Pollution is not the solution" before marching down Northbrook Street and around the town.

The group later stopped outside Richard Benyon's office on Park Street where the Newbury MP talked to students about environmental issues.  

It follows a wave of similar demonstrations staged by thousands of school children across the country, inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish pupil Greta Thunberg who gave up going to school on Fridays last September to campaign outside the Swedish parliament against climate change.

Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests were taking place in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK.

Emily Carr, head girl at St Bart’s, addressed the crowd along with 16-year-old Lois Ryan, one of the main organisers of the event.

Steve Masters, the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Newbury also spoke, thanking the gathering cohort of students of “thinking of his children’s and grandchildren’s future.”

Pupils from St Bart’s and St Gabriel’s are the only two schools in West Berkshire known to have taken part in today’s demonstration.

See next week's Newbury Weekly News for a full report and more coverage on today's protest. 

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  • Tobiased

    01/03/2019 - 19:07

    If you want to save the planet then stop breeding.

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    • Lucy from Greenham

      13/03/2019 - 21:09

      Are you seriously asking a bunch of 16-18 year olds to stop having children? While overpopulation is a serious issue, somehow I don't think teenagers are the biggest culprits here.

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  • kenneal

    16/02/2019 - 17:05

    The West Berkshire Green Exchange asked all the sixth forms in Newbury to attend the Zero Carbon West Berkshire Conference that we organised in October but not one pupil attended. It was attended the older generation instead who went on to formulate a range of policies which we hope the council can adopt. If you look at all the environmental groups working week in week out for a better future in West Berkshire I doubt that there is more than one person under the age of forty in any of them. I would like to thank the one teacher from the Kennet School who replied to our emails about the Zero Carbon West Berkshire Conference but was, unfortunately, unable to interest any of his pupils. But a day off school is obviously a different thing!

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    • Tommy

      18/02/2019 - 10:10

      Perhaps Lucy from Greenham would care to comment !!!

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      • Lucy from Greenham

        13/03/2019 - 21:09

        I certainly would have attended had I know about it! If teachers don't inform students of opportunities, we can't be blamed for not turning up. I'm at Bart's and no one told me about this. Great work though kenneal!

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  • wayne

    15/02/2019 - 19:07

    Then they all went home, In mummy's nice new 4x4. Oh the irony!

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  • zmjrc

    15/02/2019 - 15:03

    The next generation of champagne socialists.

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    • Just An Opinion

      15/02/2019 - 22:10

      And you know this how?

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    • Lucy from Greenham

      15/02/2019 - 19:07

      Just socialists actually :-)

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