Climate strike: thousands of students take to UK streets in call to stop global warming – as it happened

Walkouts held in towns and cities across Britain in protest at environmental crisis

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The climate change strikers have found an unusual source of support: Conservative MPs who have issued comments applauding those who took time off school or college to join the protests.

They include Claire Perry, the energy minister, who said: “I’m incredibly proud of young people who feel strongly that we need to take action.” She was joined by the former higher education minister Sam Gyimah, who tweeted approvingly: “Best to see this as an applied citizenship lesson on one day of the year.”

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Source: theguardian
Climate strike: thousands of students take to UK streets in call to stop global warming – as it happened