Update: Youth activist 'street party' at Clock Tower is in action

PUBLISHED: 09:45 25 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:26 30 August 2019

The youth activists have set up camp at the Clock Tower, St Albans. Photo: Laura Bill

The youth activists have set up camp at the Clock Tower, St Albans. Photo: Laura Bill

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A group of youth activists is having a 'summer party' outside the Clock Tower this weekend.

The youth activists have set up camp at the Clock Tower, St Albans. Photo: Laura BillThe youth activists have set up camp at the Clock Tower, St Albans. Photo: Laura Bill

A group of youth activists is having a 'summer party' outside the Clock Tower this weekend.

They started to arrive at 11am where they pitched tents and musical instruments, including a full drum kit.

The young people are hoping to raise awareness of climate change and environmental issues and say they will be there until 7pm tomorrow.

The teenagers belong to a range of climate activist organisations including Climate Unity Herts, The UK Student Climate Network Herts and Extinction Rebellion Youth, with support from Teen Voice UK.

The youth activists have set up camp at the Clock Tower, St Albans. Photo: Laura BillThe youth activists have set up camp at the Clock Tower, St Albans. Photo: Laura Bill

They believe that climate crisis caused by humanity is the biggest threat facing the world today and said they are passionate about finding ways in which the people of Hertfordshire can act.

Co-founder of Teen Voice UK, Josh Dean, said: "It's a pleasure to support such an important campaign - Teen Voice UK is dedicated to empowering young people and making their voices heard. Climate change will effect our generation as we become adults and it's vital that we are heard on this issue."

Organiser Mimi Spiliopoilou said: "Our summer street party is a celebration of music, colour, culture and life to educate and demonstrate how important this issue is, how much we have to lose and how vital it is that we take action."

Fellow organiser Ben Clark said: "The situation we are in is dire and for many it can be distressing and upsetting, that's why we decided to celebrate life and show what good we can do with this street party."

There is an increased visible police presence but the scene is currently peaceful.

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