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Police escort for students' 'Climate Strike'

Police escort for students' 'Climate Strike'

Friday 27 September 2019

Police escort for students' 'Climate Strike'

Friday 27 September 2019

Students are expected to down laptops and walk out of lessons today, while calling for immediate action to mitigate climate change.

The global Climate Strike will include Guernsey as students, predominantly from the Grammar School, are expected to gather outside the island's Royal Court to demand action from our politicians and civil servants.

They'll be leaving the Grammar School at around midday, walking up the Rohais towards town.

Guernsey Police have said they'll be providing an escort.

The students will be walking in the road from their school into town, meaning traffic will be disrupted as police officers have been told not to allow any drivers to overtake the pedestrians.

Junctions will also be closed to allow the protest march to pass through in one go.

The local action has been planned to coincide with events globally taking place all this week, including the UN convention at which teenage activist Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders.

Locally, the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure says work on developing Guernsey’s Climate Change Policy and Action Plan, which has been underway since the start of July, is progressing.

"This pulls together the many different areas of policy affecting climate change – such as energy, hydrocarbons, waste, transport, housing, infrastructure, coastal defences, biodiversity, green finance and overseas aid, for example – into an overarching assessment of Guernsey’s climate impact and the most effective ways to mitigate it, as well as how best to adapt to the challenges posed by warming temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising sea levels.

"In the coming weeks a meeting will be held with community groups and business bodies to ensure that we garner the broadest range of ideas, proposals and expertise.

"We will also be meeting with colleagues in Jersey to discuss how we work together on tackling climate change, and how we can share expertise, evidence and planning."

The Committee also says it supports the community in raising these issues and is keen to work collaboratively with them in order to mitigate climate change and its impact on our islands as matter of priority.


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