Thousands of students and activists have taken to the streets of more than 50 British towns and cities demanding urgent action on climate change for the third time in as many months.
The organisers of the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement said “sizeable events” took place in London, Sheffield, Manchester and Brighton, among other towns and cities. They mirrored events around the world, as protesters from cities as far apart as Helsinki and Delhi took to the streets.
In London, protesters walked across Westminster Bridge waving banners demanding a “Green New Deal”, before bringing Oxford Street to a halt by sitting down in the middle of the famous shopping thoroughfare.
Drivers looked out of their car windows, irked as young people banged on their doors, telling them to turn their engines off. Bus drivers sat in traffic on gridlocked streets, their vehicles devoid of passengers.
George Bond, 16, one of the organisers of the youth climate strike said that they decided to disrupt London’s busy shopping district because of the link between consumerist culture and climate change.
“It’s a stark reminder that in the western world we enjoy a culture of convenience, while people in the global south are working in bad conditions and suffering the most from climate change,” he said.
The Metropolitan police said there had been no arrests, though one student was taken into a police van for refusing to move.