In recent months, students around the world have started a global movement of strikes, rallying for radical action to combat climate change. In March, I went along to the strike in Glasgow’s George Square to take photos for the Scottish Greens.
This was the second time I’d gone along to the protest, and it had grown considerably since last month’s rally. From very young kids to secondary school and university students and older, the crowd seemed hyped up to be there. Right from the start, when protesters were trickling in to George Square, the atmosphere was friendly and energetic, and even a few showers of rain could not deter the crowds.
While it was great to see some elected officials such as Green MSPs Patrick Harvie and Ross Greer at the protest, the strike was clearly youth-led and some of the most passionate speeches came from these young protesters. I overheard someone saying how this was becoming the first major movement addressing climate change rising from the ground up, rather than led by a party or organisation.
And just to finish up, I will leave you with a few of my favourite signs from the protest! I’m planning to head along to future protests as well, so make sure to follow my blog to see more shots of the Climate Strikes.