‘There is no planet B’ - Hundreds of youngsters take over the streets to spread climate message

Skipping school to send a message to politicians at the Fridays for Future climate protest in Norwic

Skipping school to send a message to politicians at the Fridays for Future climate protest in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

'There is no planet B - things must change now'.

Skipping school to send a message to politicians at the Fridays for Future climate protest in Norwic

Skipping school to send a message to politicians at the Fridays for Future climate protest in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

This was the message as hundreds of people - including many school children - took to the streets of Norwich to make their voices heard over the perilous situation our environment is in.

For the fourth time, the city played host to a Youth Strike 4 Climate rally, where youngsters from across the region, armed with placards, signs and chants, sent a loud and clear message to authorities that more must be done to address climate change.

The event was organised largely by young people themselves, inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg who is travelling the world to spread the climate message.

Among the young people who put the protests in motion was Reepham Sixth Form pupil Lilly Dollman, 17.

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of city hall in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant


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She said: "I'm here today because climate change is the single most important issue facing the world and the minute and if I did not do anything, I would not be able to sleep at night.

"My college is very encouraging of this and I think the teachers believe in us and should build up pupils' confidence to stand up for what they believe in."

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The demonstration saw a crowd of around 1,000 gather at City Hall before marching around the pedestrianised streets of Norwich in a loop.

And it was far from just youths involved, with protesters spanning the generations and including whole families.

Hundreds of youngsters marched through the streets of Norwich on Friday as part of Swedish activist

Hundreds of youngsters marched through the streets of Norwich on Friday as part of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's campaign to make politicians act on climate change. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Among these were the Nobes family of Cringleford, Gavin and Georgina and children Sophie, 10 and George, nine.

George said: "I took part to make people more aware of the fact we need to look after our planet."

Mr Nobes said: "We had no problem with taking my children out of school because we are worried for their sake, worried for their future and are very anxious about the situation we are in."

Action was also taken in King's Lynn, where some 50 youngsters marched through the high street.

Speaking out for future generations at the climate change protest in Norwich on Friday. Picture: Nei

Speaking out for future generations at the climate change protest in Norwich on Friday. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Springwood High School pupil Thomas Archer, 12, said: "It is our future and if the adult politicians aren't going to do anything about our future, we're going to have to do it."

Meanwhile protests were also held across the globe, with one placard displayed in Melbourne, Australia, reading: "If Norwich's £11.7m squad can beat City's $736m squad, then we can beat the climate crisis."

Hundreds of people marched through Norwich as part of the Fridays for Future climate protest. Pictur

Hundreds of people marched through Norwich as part of the Fridays for Future climate protest. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of city hall in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

A strong message brought to the steps of city hall at the Fridays for Future climate protest in Norw

A strong message brought to the steps of city hall at the Fridays for Future climate protest in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Listen to us. Young people gathered at city hall in Norwich to protest to government about climate c

Listen to us. Young people gathered at city hall in Norwich to protest to government about climate change. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

MP for Norwich (South) Clive Lewis at the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of city ha

MP for Norwich (South) Clive Lewis at the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of city hall in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of city hall in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Speaking out about climate change, a young protester at the Fridays for Future protest in Norwich. P

Speaking out about climate change, a young protester at the Fridays for Future protest in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of

Hundreds of young people left school to join the Fridays for Future climate protest on the steps of city hall in Norwich. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

The Nobes family, Gavin, Georgia, George and Sophie, with friends at the climate protest. Picture: A

The Nobes family, Gavin, Georgia, George and Sophie, with friends at the climate protest. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Lilly Dollman, 17 of Reepham Sixth Form leading climate protests in Norwich. Picture: Archant

Lilly Dollman, 17 of Reepham Sixth Form leading climate protests in Norwich. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

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