Victoria Richards, Freelance writer, HuffPost UK
“Thousands of students across the world are skipping school this Friday, 15 February, to protest the effects of climate change.
“Students in 40 cities and towns across the UK will join those in the US, Australia, The Netherlands and Uganda to call for greater government action on global warming, inspired by young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16.
“Demonstrations are expected to take place in London, Bristol, Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands, and have been organised by groups YouthStrike4Climate, the UK Student Climate Network, and the UK Youth Climate Coalition.
“We’re running out of time for meaningful change, and that’s why we’re seeing young people around the world rising up to hold their governments to account on their dismal climate records,” said Anna Taylor, of the UK Student Climate Network.
“This is what parents need to know – from what’s happening and why, to how your children’s school or college might handle their absence