Thousands of young people are set to gather in Glasgow today for one of the biggest demonstrations of action against climate change the city has seen yet.

Be it staying off school, college or university or work, young people are encouraged to join marchers in Kelvingrove Park and mark through the city in direct protest at government inaction regarding the crisis.

Taking heed from Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Futures movement, where the Swedish teenage activist decided that protesting against government inaction was more important than her education, tomorrow will be Glasgow’s first official youth strike where adults are also invited to take part.

The march is organised by Glasgow Youth Climate Strike, the young activist group spearheaded by Erin Curtis, who has recently been described in the Evening Times as Glasgow’s Answer to Greta Thunberg.

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Glasgow joins the likes of London, New York and Paris as 150 countries come together to march to force a response from governments to declare a climate emergency.

Marchers are to meet in Kelvingrove Park at the New Park Bridge at 11am.

From 11.30am, the march will depart and walk along Kelvin Way, Sauchiehall Street, Blythswood Street and Blythswood Square, down West George street and from Nelson Mandela Place to finish in George Square, where there will be live music and speeches as well as stalls at the rally.

A quiet strike will also take place in the Kelvingrove skate park for those who are not comfortable in crowds from 10am, and a baby bloc is arranged for the front of the march for children and toddlers.

Multiple climate change activist groups are taking part in the march, including the UK Youth Climate Coalition, Friends of the Earth Glasgow, Extinction Rebellion Youth and Greenpeace Glasgow.

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Rachael Hughson-Gill, Network Coordinator for Greenpeace Glasgow said: “We come together not just as a body of people in Glasgow but in solidarity of people demanding action all over the planet.

“We need urgent action on the climate emergency.”

Glasgow City Council have expressed their support for the youth march, adding that the movement has inspired a “responsibility to reduce emissions”.

Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “The continued pressure from the climate strikers plays a key role in keeping climate so high on the public agenda.

“It is clear that the next generation expect nothing less than our fullest efforts to ensure our contribution to climate change ends as soon as possible, and we are determined to deliver on that.”

The council also confirmed that any school child with parental consent to join the march will have an absence marked as “authorised”

Glasgow is set to become carbon neutral by 2030, after the council accepted recommendations in order to make this happen.

This comes following the announcement that Glasgow will hold a major UN climate change summit at the end of 2020. However, many political opponents remain sceptical of the SNP’s commitment to this change, with Scottish Greens claiming that they have “let down climate strikers”, after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon refused to commit to an end to the oil and gas industry.

Ross Greer, Scottish Green’s education spokesperson said: “Young people striking today don’t want warm words from the Scottish Government, they need action which meets the demands of the climate science.

“The SNP have adopted the language of our Scottish Green New Deal, but behind the rhetoric there is no commitment to match the bold proposals Greens have made.”

As face of the Youth Climate Strike movement in Glasgow, Erin told The Evening Times: “I’m really excited for the Global Strike.

“This is the first time that we’ve ever asked older generations to strike with us, and it’s such a good opportunity for us all to stand together in unity.”

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