Children march for change in climate demonstration through St Albans city centre

PUBLISHED: 10:58 20 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:48 23 September 2019

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

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Hundreds of children and adults demanded climate action as they marched from the Clock Tower to St Albans Civic Centre.

A badger from The Wildlife Trust marched at the St Albans Global Climate Strike. Picture: Sara ScarlettA badger from The Wildlife Trust marched at the St Albans Global Climate Strike. Picture: Sara Scarlett

Hundreds of children and adults demanded climate action as they marched from the Clock Tower to St Albans Civic Centre.

UK Student Climate Network Hertfordshire organised the protest as part of the Global Climate Strike, with parents up and down the country taking their kids out of school for the event.

Jessica Dolan was protesting at the Global Climate Strike along with her mum, Suzanne Dolan, and about a hundred others. Picture: Laura BillJessica Dolan was protesting at the Global Climate Strike along with her mum, Suzanne Dolan, and about a hundred others. Picture: Laura Bill

The whole event was organised by a 15-year-old Beaumont School girl. She cannot be named for legal reasons, but said she was pleased with the turn-out.

She said: "This shows that St Albans cares - the children care, the businesses care, the adults care, our constituency cares so our MP should care.

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John AndrewsSt Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

"I think if you are not feeling scared for the future, you are not listening."

Chanting led by individual children could be heard throughout the city centre, with cries including: "What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!" and "There is no Planet B!"

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John AndrewsSt Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

Also marching was Josh Kebale, 35, a communication manager for the Wildlife Trust. He said: "Climate changes isn't just something that happens in the Amazon. We are experiencing it now in wildlife and in the landscape.

"This time the wildlife cannot cope with the speed. That is why we are here doing this."

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John AndrewsSt Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

A team of staff from infrastructure design and builder Aecom group went to the march. Employee Danny Crew, 33, said: "We are here as we are part of the green team at work. We are here for climate change. We are trying to take action in our company to reduce our carbon footprint."

Mum-of-two Liza MacIntyre took her children out of St Peter's School for the protest.

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John AndrewsSt Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

She said: "More people need to be aware and action needs to be taken."

Suzanne Dolan and her daughter Jessica were protesting, and Suzanne said: "We are trying to stop the end of human civilization. It is important our children are involved and have a voice."

St Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John AndrewsSt Albans children protested in the city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike. Picture: John Andrews

Jessica said: "I am doing a presentation at school about the environmental impact of beef later today."

The atmosphere throughout the protest remained calm, although there was a visible police presence.

The climate strike protest took place in St Albans on Friday, September 20. Picture: Gail JacksonThe climate strike protest took place in St Albans on Friday, September 20. Picture: Gail Jackson

Protesters were mainly children who had come out of school to show how much they care about the planet. Picture: Gail  JacksonProtesters were mainly children who had come out of school to show how much they care about the planet. Picture: Gail Jackson

Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.Children held a demonstration in St Albans city centre as part of the Global Climate Strike.

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