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”.