Socialist Students was out today in towns and cities across the country participating in the climate change protests which saw tens of thousands of students, mainly from schools and colleges, marching and demonstrating to demand action on climate change. The determined, energetic and fighting mood on these protests was a reflection of the seriousness of the situation, outlined recently in one UN report which said there is only 12 years left to halt a climate change catastrophe.
Over the coming days and weeks, Socialist Students is going to go to the schools, colleges, and universities around the country and campaign for a new, bigger wave of education walkouts and strikes for the next round of international climate protests on March 15. We want to help you grow this movement. We need to start organising at our schools and colleges so that the next protests are even larger. Socialist Students will offer every help possible for those who want to build for the next day of protest.
In London, we spoke to many students who reported that they had been threatened by their schools with disciplinary actions for attending today’s climate change protest, including detentions, suspensions, and exclusions. Socialist Students totally rejects the idea that students should be punished by their schools for taking a stand, fighting for our environment and the future existence of our planet. If students are punished, Socialist Students will support protests at any schools in defence of the right of students to protest and get organised. Get in contact with us as well as teaching unions for support with this.
Throughout the day at the main protest in London, Socialist Students led an open mic and welcomed school and college students to speak to the thousands who were in attendance discussed the strategies for building this struggle and what alternative to the rotten, polluting system of capitalism we need to fight for.
Socialist Students came to today’s protests with the message that to fight against climate change, we need to fight for socialist change. Since 1988, just 100 big corporations have been responsible for 71% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. This shows why none of the politicians or parties that defend capitalism have the answers we desperately need. We need a general election to kick out the Tories. Unprecedented change is required, urgently, if we want to have a planet to live on, cities and towns to live in, food to eat and water to drink by the end of this century.
From the very beginning, we’ve welcomed the call for a youth strike. Now we think we need to escalate our struggle - we believe mass collective action is what is required. And to achieve the change we need means building a powerful movement. This requires linking up in action with the working-class majority – who due to their power to shut down production and services are potentially far more powerful force than the capitalist elite who cause climate change - around a socialist programme which puts people and the environment first. We call on the trade union movement, Corbyn and McDonnell to get behind this youth movement, build links and offer every assistance possible.
You can’t control what you don’t own. The nationalisation of the energy companies, alongside the banks and the rest of the major multinationals that dominate the economy, under democratic control of workers and young people for a socialist future to save our planet. Only on the basis of a socialist world, where the planet's resources are taken out of the hands of those driving climate change - the capitalists - and into collective ownership as part of a democratic plan for green production, can we truly meet the needs of all society, and avert catastrophe.
NEXT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE AT YOUR SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR UNIVERSITY
- Contact Socialist Students if you want to build for the next strike
- Call a protest in the build-up to the next demo
- Approach local NEU members and the local trade union movement for support
- Organise banner making sessions
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