John has written to each local authority in the Highlands and Islands urging them to back young people who choose to strike from school to highlight the urgent need for climate action.
An estimated 15,000 people took part in a wave of climate strikes across the UK in February, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Now, John has written to education bosses at local authorities urging them to support – and not to punish – young people ahead of the planned global strike on 15 March 2019.
Citing Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence and its objective of young people becoming ‘responsible citizens’ and the First Minister’s call for the voices of young people to be heard, John has implored councils to understand the struggle faced by young people who will grow up in a world gripped by total climate breakdown unless transformative action is taken immediately.
“The climate crisis – and how we all respond to it – will now unavoidably define the lives of young people at school in Scotland today. Many are, completely rationally, fearful for their futures and those of young people around the world. It’s clear why they feel compelled to speak out and urge stronger action from governments and corporations who have not just failed to tackle this crisis but who have caused it.
“Local councils should support young people who chose to strike for the climate – after all, they epitomise what it means to be responsible citizens. They should certainly ensure that there is no threat of any form of punishment.”