Climate activist Greta Thunberg braves high winds and heavy seas as she sails to New York.
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As anybody who has followed his political career will know all too well, it takes a lot for Michael Gove to feel shame. In April, though, after hearing the arguments of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, the environment secretary was unusually contrite. “As I listened to you I felt great admiration but also a sense of responsibility and guilt… I recognise we have not done nearly enough to deal with the problem of climate change,” he said. Thunberg – her hair in pigtails and a metal water bottle at her side – looked on, seeming unconvinced. “Suddenly, thanks to the leadership of Greta and others, it has become inescapable that we have to act.” Earlier in the day, Thunberg had received a standing ovation from the 40 MPs and more than 100 guests she addressed inside Parliament. John Bercow had introduced her as an “enthusiastic and dedicated environmental campaigner” when she appeared in the House of Commons. Not for the first time, her name began trending on Twitter. Journalists queued up to interview her. In Hyde Park, where she had spoken earlier in the week, the remaining protesters of the Extinction Rebellion movement spoke of her as a nascent church would its patron saint. And through it all, the girl in the middle remained cool, calm, and remarkably composed. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an increasingly extraordinary teenager.
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PUPILS have hit out at Edinburgh City Council proposals to limit climate change protests to just one day a year.
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Limiting children’s ability to take part in climate change strikes silences their voice and undermines the very values that Curriculum for Excellence is meant to instil, writes Daniel Johnson MSP. By describing the action taken by young people as nothing better than skipping school, Edinburgh councillor Callum Laidlaw runs the risk of sounding patronising and dismissive of pupils who are simply trying to make their voices heard. Having met with some of those who took part, I know how passionate they are about this vitally important issue. Seeing the sheer number of those who took part also had a real impact on Holyrood. Numbers matter to parliamentarians. While Edinburgh council is obviously trying to take a balanced approach, I worry that limiting pupils to one day of strike action a year would stifle their voice.
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