Young Islanders call for ‘Climate Justice’ outside County Hall

Young Islanders were not deterred by Cllr Hobart’s announcement that Isle of Wight council will not declare a climate emergency. They showed their feelings after school outside County Hall last week.

Youth Strike 4 Climate Demo - by Liz Cooke

More than 70 Islanders, including 40 schoolchildren, gathered outside County Hall on Friday to protest against climate change.

However, the Isle of Wight Council has said it will not declare a climate emergency.

Call for ‘climate justice’
Among the protestors were the school council from the Bay CE School, accompanied by their headteacher.

The group chanted:

“What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!”

Youth Strike 4 Climate Demo - by Liz Cooke

Mathilda (pictured above), 11, from Niton, said:

“I feel governments aren’t doing enough about climate change, and we need to unite as young people and do as much as we can.

“It’s our future too and we need to protect it. The older generations have helped a lot, and we need to finish what they started.”

Others declaring Climate Emergency
So far, 39 councils — including nine Tory administrations — have declared a climate emergency, including the Greater London Authority, Devon County Council and Edinburgh City Council.

However, cabinet member for environment and heritage, Cllr John Hobart, said there were no plans to follow suit on the Isle of Wight.

Youth Strike 4 Climate Demo - by Liz Cooke

Hobart: Lead the way without creating a panic
Cllr Hobart said the council had other priorities and was already involved in a number of initiatives to help the climate.

He said:

“We are working extremely hard within our budget. It’s up to us to lead the way without creating a panic amongst our children.”

However, Cllr Hobart said he preferred speaking to children in schools, rather than protesting, adding,

“They have some fantastic ideas of what we should do, I would rather be in the schools.”

Organised by Extinction Rebellion
A spokesperson for the Extinction Rebellion, Isle of Wight (XRIW) said:

“This was part of the second UK Youth Strike 4 Climate, which was inspired by Greta Thunberg and the Fridays For Future campaign.

“The action was facilitated by XRIW to give concerned youth on the Island an opportunity to be heard and express their concern in light of the climate emergency.

“The science is beyond doubt and the time for denial is over. It is time for government agencies to rise to the challenges ahead and listen to the will of the people.”

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may be been made by OnTheWight. Ed

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Steve Goodman

Clearly the children did the homework and Cllr. Hobart hasn’t.

Steve, clearly you didn’t do the homework Climate is the average of weather. We are wet, mild, south-westerlies -that is our climate.  It has been our climate for the last 10k years and is the result of our geographical ( & geological) position on the planet.  We have had climate changes due to advancing and retreating ice ages, but right now we are interglacial and stable.  The… Read more »
(school council from the Bay CE School, accompanied by their headteacher. The group chanted: “What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!” ) The headteacher should be in school teaching the scientific method, maths & physics; not encouraging senseless demands. Shame about the children – Young lions…led by donkeys I never cease to be amazed by the pomposity & arrogance of people who… Read more »
Steve Goodman
And I encourage senseless scientifically ignorant politicians and OTW posters to learn more about what is well beyond reasonable doubt on the subject of the suicidal consequences of historic and continuing human harm to our climate and wider environment. It’s a shame about the lions led by donkeys, and some people’s amazing pomposity & arrogance, but following Friday’s worldwide students climate crisis protest environment secretary Michael Gove… Read more »

Steve, with respect, it is unwise to attach too much credibility to anything Gove says. He is a politician of the worst kind. And like brexit there are many, often opposing views; calling OTW posters ignorant dowsn’t help your cause just because they hold a view different to your own.