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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 September 2021
Youth climate protests are back
Protesting in parliament square. Photo: Isai Priya (Click to enlarge)
On 24 September, hundreds of students walked out of their classes and gathered in Parliament Square to demand that the Tory government acts now to end climate change and save our future. The demo was part of other protests, organised by young people, around the country and across the world.
The Socialist Party message was very well received. Our young members went out into the crowd with leaflets and sign-up sheets for Socialist Students, with many leaving their details.
Unfortunately, the organisers refused to allow us, or anyone outside of the planned speakers' list, to give a speech to the crowd. This is highly undemocratic.
It is essential that we have a free discussion, where young people can put forward their solutions, even if there are disagreements. Otherwise, we can end up with nobody putting forward the strategies we need to fight the failure of the Tories and Starmer's Labour.
We need a democratically organised, mass, working-class movement for the climate. Capitalism is the cause of climate change. We have to fight against it, and for socialist change.
Socialist Students was part of a 150-strong protest organised by the student-staff Climate Coalition at Leeds University. Staff at the university won the right to have an hour stoppage at work, which facilitated a march from the uni down to the 'youth strike for climate' rally in the city centre.
Our leaflets for the Youth March for Jobs on 9 October were well received. Our banner and placards calling for 'socialist change to end climate change' drew attention. This led to Leeds Student Radio interviewing us, and someone joining us on the protest who wants to get active in Socialist Students.
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In The Socialist 29 September 2021:
What we think
Starmer consolidates post-Corbyn Blairite transformation of Labour
German election: A change of capitalist government, but disaster for Die Linke
Save our services
End profit-fuelled crisis
NHS workers reject 3% pay insult
Driver shortages - a view from the inside
News in brief
Black history month
Black history month and its relevance today
CWI livestream rally report
NEU deputy general secretary election
Corby and Burton Latimer Weetabix engineers strike
Fightback to save Birmingham GKN jobs!
Flexibility to suit workers not the bosses
College workers walk out in pay dispute
London tenants v greedy contractors
Bromsgrove protest for NHS fair pay
Sabina Nessa vigil: End violence against women
Youth and Students
Join the fight for our future
Sunak's student special
More market chaos: York students given digs in Hull
Lots of sign-ups for Socialist Students at freshers
Youth climate protests are back
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