In Pictures: Students and staff strike for Planet, Pay, and Pensions

Hundreds of students from schools and universities across London protested at the heart of the capital earlier today. University staff joined them in a bid to protect the planet, their pay, and their pensions.

Students brought London to a standstill today. Timed to coincide with Black Friday, one of Britain’s most hotly anticipated shopping sprees, hundreds of students and staff marched from Bloomsbury to Parliament Square in a stand against climate and economic injustices.

Marching along the Strand, protestors brought the climate and pensions protest to shoppers’ attention. The focus turned to the government along Whitehall.

Demonstrators were particularly keen to criticise Boris Johnson’s government and his inaction on climate change. Johnson hit headlines last night after he failed to turn up to a Channel 4 debate on Climate Change ahead of the General Election on December 12th.

Students and academics urged onlookers to view climate change within a wider, “broken” economic system, which exacerbates divides between rich and middle- or working-class communities. Academics are suffering cuts to their pensions, whilst a Greater London Authority report affirmed that those living in more deprived communities are more exposed to harmful air pollutants.

The December election has been dubbed by some the “Climate Election”.


In pictures:

4 activists hold a UCU-branded banner: "End the Gender Pay Gap"
Students and staff led the march under Universities and College Union (UCU) banners calling for an end to the Gender Pay Gap at universities.
Amid a sea of people, two placards rise above the crowd: "We know the facts, now let's act"
Students pass LSE and King’s College London near Holborn with a special focus on the “Climate Election”.
Two students hold placards at Aldwych.
Meme-themed placards around Donald Trump’s climate change denialism.
Students on Parliament Square.
Through a cloud of red smoke, protestors hold a large banner: "Smash Capitalism"
“Smash Capitalism” demonstrators at the end of the Strand, a busy London shopping street.
Four young people pose in front of a clothes rail with a sign: "Swap Shop"
A pop-up “swap shop” and upcycling workshop on Parliament Square.
A climate crisis is a health crisis, Whitehall.
A banner predicts a global catastrophe.

Will is London Student's Features Editor (2019-20). He does a history degree at SOAS, and you can find him hiding in a library around Bloomsbury.

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