Aberdeen students strike for the climate

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On Friday nearly 1,000 protestors came to Marischal College to demand action on climate change in collaboration with the Global Climate Strike Movement.  

Standing united, in front of Aberdeen’s political representatives Aberdeen students and others chanted “This is what democracy sounds like!”  

The political protest saw hundreds cry out for change alongside a clear message “There is no planet B”. The sea of people could be seen chanting as they waved their banners high.  

RADAR spoke to RGU student Antigoni Markitani who was protesting for action. She said: "I feel that the protest was very successful and not just in Aberdeen but on a global scale.

"From my understanding, here in Aberdeen, the aim of the protest was to make Aberdeen declare a climate emergency because if Aberdeen does so, the rest of the cities will follow - since this is the oil capital of Europe. And so even though I don’t yet know if that will eventually come to be I sure do feel confident about the future based on what I’ve seen thus far.

"There were some promises made; those were that the cities councils will be contacted and that a draft will be sent in demanding action from their part and this will be done next Sunday if I am correct. So, yes, I do believe that their promises will be kept but on whether or not they will be put in effect that’s a whole other story."

Among the speakers were secondary school students, some as young as 15 or 16 years old, sharing their perspectives on how Scotland and even Aberdeen can be making a difference.  

Co-Convenor of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Greens Guy Igerson shared his support as he said: “Climate justice is social justice”.  

He announced the Scottish Green Party will vote to make “ecocide a criminal offence” at the October Conference in Inverness.  

Thousands more protested across Scotland as part of the Global Climate Strike Movement, led by teenager Greta Thunberg in New York.  

Movements like this appear to be even more important in cities like Aberdeen. As Mr. Ingerson said, here people have already seen “the price” of their dependence on the fossil fuel industry.  

If you would like more information about the movement or would like to be informed of any upcoming strikes then check out the Global Climate Strike's Facebook page.

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