The Triangle was a busy spot today when Budehaven students striking for climate action met there for there protest. As exams are taking place at school, the protestors took their banners and their voices to the centre of Bude. The students were protesting as part of today’s UK Youth Climate Strike in support of their key demands for the government to declare a climate emergency, to tell the public the truth about our ecological crisis, and to act now to protect their future.
Indigo Haynes, one of the Bude Protest organisers, said,: ‘We are angry about the threat to our planet’s future. Every day 200 species fall into extinction, and our generation faces an unsafe future of extreme weather causing crop failures and food shortages. The government needs to listen to scientists and act now or one day we will follow those species into suffering and extinction.’
Indigo also said that Budehaven students involved in the strike did not want to disrupt exams in any way: ‘We have made our protest in the centre of Bude so that our action does not disturb our fellow students taking their GCSEs and ‘A’ levels, and to take our message to the wider public. We want adults and politicians to realise that we have run out of time for reacting to this global crisis in small ways, we must immediately begin reducing emissions and improving carbon absorption: drawing it down and locking it up.’
Reactions to the event were mixed from the general population but the young people had some support.
On the Bude & Beyond Facebook page, we heard from David who said:
Shame there is no evidence of so-called Global warming, just another bandwagon for those who do not do their own research.
However, Carole felt differently. She said: Well done Indigo. It’s great to see young people passionate about our planet. My son went with my blessing.
Karen was concerned about the impact on others, saying: I didn’t appreciate frail old ladies telling me they had felt intimidated! Some were quite shaken by children angrily saying it was their fault.
Ray suggested they are: Better off protesting at the Chinese and Indian embassies since they are the source of the majority of the global warming effects nowadays. This country is already one of the more proactive ones.
Andrea felt a trick had been missed: But also a big point is eating less meat. People seem to forget this…
Last word to Robin, who mentioned: This is great. Some were even protesting in the surf this morning!