THOUSANDS of school children are on strike again today across the UK to demand action to stop climate change.
Pupils in more than 100 British towns are bunking off to protest “an alarming lack of government leadership on climate action".
The move has infuriated school heads and parents who want to keep kids in school and limit additional work for staff.
Youth 4 Climate posted about today's event on their Facebook page, saying: "Today’s the big day! See you on the streets in towns and cities around the UK. In our thousands we cry for climate justice.
“'If the politicians and those in power won’t make the changes we need to see in the world, then it’s time they step aside or else we’ll remove them to put those in power that will.'”
Anna Taylor of the UK Student Climate Network said: “Young people in the UK have shown that we’re angry at the lack of Government leadership on climate change.
"Those in power are not only betraying us and taking away our future, but are responsible for the climate crisis that’s unfolding in horrendous ways around the world."
BOOKS DOWN, SIGNS OUT
Similar protests have been held in other countries, including Sweden, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Last month similar protests took place in 60 towns across the UK.
On February 14 thousands walked out of classes in a protest also organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate.
Pupils ditched their books for three hours to take to the streets amid growing concerns about global warming.
The idea of a day of protest, I don’t see what learning will come out of it
Three teenagers were arrested in central London as a result of the protests which descended into booze-fuelled chaos.
The walkout was criticised by MP and former teacher William Wragg, who told The Sunday Express: “It’s far more fruitful to learn about climate change in school. The idea of a day of protest, I don’t see what learning will come out of it.”
Education Secretary Damian Hinds also took issue with drastic move. He said: “Missing class won’t do a thing to help the environment. All they will do is create extra work for teachers.”
Last month a teachers' union backed the school climate change strike.
The move was applauded by the National Association of Head Teachers.
A spokesman said: "When you get older pupils making an informed decision, that kind of thing needs to be applauded.
"Society makes leaps forward when people are prepared to take action.
"Schools encourage students to develop a wider understanding of the world around them. A day of activity like this could be an important and valuable life experience."
FINES FOR PARENTS
While some parents may support their child skipping class to support the cause, there could be repercussions.
Parents in some areas in England could face a £60 fine for their child's absence if they attend the protest.
If fines aren't paid within 21 days they are doubled.
In Northern Ireland this system doesn't exist and parents won't be fined, but children with attendance lower than 85 per cent could be referred to the Education Welfare Service.
In Scotland, it is up to teachers how children's absences are dealt with and there is no automatic fine.
But in Wales a fine could be issued if a child doesn't regularly show up to school.
If a child already has unauthorised absences on their record, they could be issued a Fixed Penaly Notice, known as an FPN.
The fine will cost parents £60 if paid within 28 days of receipt of the notice.
Organisers took the lead from Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist from Sweden who refused to attend school so she could protest outside the Swedish parliament building last August.
She now "strikes" every Friday to protest the lack of effective climate legislation on a governmental level with many students across Europe following suit.
School children have been skipping school to protest across the world since the trend began in August 2018, especially in major European cities.
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