Striking students take global stance

Extiction Rebellion protesters outside Lochaber High School. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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Marking the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 25, climate strikers from Lochaber High School gathered outside the venue as the campaign to demand action on the global climate and ecological emergency continues.

Strikers in Scotland had two demands for the Scottish Government, both of which are closely linked to the Just Green Recovery Campaign.

Pupil Holly Gillibrand explained: ‘One, to kickstart a programme of public green job creation with investment in national green infrastructure projects, including in energy efficiency, sustainable transport and renewable heating and two, no public money to fossil fuel development.

‘These include the false solutions of Carbon Capture and Storage and fossil-fuel derived hydrogen. Instead, a timetable should be set for fossil fuel phase-out and a Just Transition plan should be created to support affected workers.’

In an effort to reduce the risk of Covid-19, strikers took precautions including social distancing and wearing face masks during the strike.

‘We decided to go ahead with the strike on Friday despite Covid-19 because the accelerating threat of the nature and climate crisis has not gone away and it is important that we act on both of these crises, especially since we will continue to suffer from zoonotic diseases like coronavirus while we abuse the living world,’ added Holly.