Below three of the student activists that led the Student Assembly Against Austerity bloc on the demo explain why they are joining the growing global movement to stop climate chaos.
Susan, student at Kings College London said:
“It is becoming increasingly clear how catastrophic climate change is tied intimately to the neo-liberal, deregulated market model which has allowed oil and gas corporations to wreck ecosystems across the world, and suck the earth dry while exploiting people who were already disadvantaged by legacies of colonialism and racism.
“Climate activists have been saying that the time to act is now for years, but as the frequency of floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, oil spills and droughts keeps increasing we need to collectively wake up and realise that government, hand in hand with corporations, have been pushing the world up to the precipice with increasing speed and recklessness. In 2015 we need to finally slam on the brakes, or face a very bleak future indeed.”
Shakira Martin, NUS National Executive said:
“I felt very empowered after joining so many people on Saturday’s march against climate change. I realise that there is a lot more to climate change and the environment than I knew before and a lot more I can do on campus and within my community personally to tackle this huge problem. What I really will take away from the day the most is the importance of getting citizenship on the national curriculum to educate the next generation to come about the huge issues facing humanity.”
Ruby, student activist from Birkbeck College added:
“I feel we marched at the weekend, as we did in our thousands back in September, as we believe in the viability of the green economy and investment in renewables. If we want job creation, with a living wage for living people, and an environment in which we and the next generation can enjoy a better quality of life in the UK and internationally, there is no alternative but to abandon neoliberal globalisation and think green!”