SCORES of protesters took to Stratford town centre today in solidarity with climate strikers around the world.
Around 200 demonstrators from organisations including Stratford Climate Action, Stratford Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion added their voices to the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg.
The town’s fourth strike was one of some 200 taking place across the UK in the largest global protest to date.
It included speeches in Bancroft Gardens and a delivery of a letter to the RSC asking the company to drop its sponsorship with oil giant BP.
Some protesters were armed with alarm clocks which were set for 1pm to remind people time is running out and immediate action is needed.
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 also follows recent global attention to fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest which scientists say could impact rainfall and consequently agriculture on the continent.