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Stratford's eco-activists to take to streets for global climate strike

Catherine Thompson 19th Sep, 2019 Updated: 19th Sep, 2019

ALARM bells will be ringing at tomorrow’s global climate strike in Stratford.

A number of organisations are taking to the town’s streets to add their voices to the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg.

The town’s fourth strike will include both young people and adults from Stratford Climate Action, Stratford Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion as part of a global effort to accelerate action against climate change.

Protests across the world will typically take place during work and school hours to demonstrate the urgency for action and ahead of a UN emergency climate action summit in New York.

The march in Stratford will begin in Henley Street at 11am, followed by speeches in Bancroft Gardens and a delivery of a letter to the RSC asking the company to drop its sponsorship with oil giant BP.

Alarm bells will collectively ring at 1pm to remind people time is running out and action needs to be taken immediately.

Although the UK central government recently declared a climate emergency, protesters are demanding it raises its 2050 target for net-zero carbon emissions, to lower the voting age, and for changes to the school curriculum to include climate change lessons.

The protest – expected to be the biggest yet – also follows recent global attention to fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest which scientists say could impact rainfall and consequently agriculture on the continent.

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