Pupils urge council to declare climate emergency

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Oban High School pupils organised a climate change strike last Friday morning, urging Argyll and Bute Council to declare a climate emergency.

The pupils were not alone in their protest as they were supported by concerned adults, including election candidates Rhea Barnes and Brendan O’Hara.

Everyone gathered at Oban’s Station Square at 9am, before marching to the Corran Halls and back again. The protest came to an end at around 11am.

A spokesperson for the pupils said: ‘As young people, we recognise the drastic influence the climate crisis poses on our futures.

‘We strike today in the hope we will demonstrate to politicians our refusal to sit back while our planet is being destroyed. Human actions have caused drastic changes to our planet’s climate.

‘We are on track to overshoot the limit of 1.5°c of warming agreed by world leaders in 2016.

‘This will result in permanent, catastrophic changes to the Earth’s geological, biological and ecological systems. In the midst of this climate emergency, it is shocking that governments have not yet put sufficient preventive measures in place.

‘This Friday our global schools strike looks to specifically target Argyll and Bute Council, which has yet to declare a climate emergency, as well as governments across the world who have still not done enough to tackle the climate crisis.’

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘At the meeting on September 26, Argyll and Bute Council agreed to establish a climate change environmental action group for the purpose of considering and advising on policy options and opportunities for strategic projects and activities that will form part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the Climate Change (Scotland) Act and efforts to enhance Argyll and Bute’s contribution to addressing this global issue.’