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1,000 NI schools urged to allow children to join global climate strikes

Amnesty has written to school principals ahead of an expected wave of global climate strikes between September 20-27.

Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty (Liam McBurney/PA)
Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty (Liam McBurney/PA)

By Rebecca Black, PA

Amnesty has written to more than 1,000 schools in Northern Ireland urging them to allow children to take part in climate strikes.

The letters to the principals come ahead of a planned wave of global climate strikes between September 20-27.

Amnesty’s Northern Ireland programme director Patrick Corrigan has asked for pupils to be supported to take part in a global day of action.

“On Friday September 20, there will be a major international day of action – a global climate strike – led by pupils, but supported by many adults and organisations,” he writes in the letter to principals.

“In Northern Ireland this includes the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, environmental groups such as the RSPB, and Amnesty International.

“We are writing to encourage you to facilitate the participation of your students in this day of action, in whatever way is appropriate for your school.”

There are more than 2,400 events planned in 1,000 cities around the world, including a march and rally in Belfast organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate and supported by Amnesty, environmental groups such as the RSPB, and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s secretary general, is urging support for the climate strike around the world.

“The climate emergency is the defining human rights issue for this generation of children. Its consequences will shape their lives in almost every way imaginable. The failure of most governments to act in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence is arguably the biggest inter-generational human rights violation in history,” he said.

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