Schools' climate change protests

School strike for climate: Mass student walk out in Belgium
Students in the Belgian capital, Brussels, walk out and demand urgent action to slow global warming.

The Youth Are Revolting

Young people are taking on climate change. Tom Heap asks if they can change the future now
Greta Thunberg and the global youth strikes for the climate have directed the worlds attention to the potential future they face on a warming planet. The words and actions of these young people have been noted by global leaders and promises of change have been made but for their efforts to have a lasting impact the promises need to become policy. Tom Heap asks one of the young organisers Tom Bedford if young people are really changing the narrative on climate change. 

The strikers' demands that the UK government recognises that we are living through a climate emergency has been taken up by some local councils whilst in the US proposals for a 'Green New Deal' are being taken seriously and Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It seems young people's hope and energy is having an impact but to really change the planet's trajectory they need to bring more of their generation with them and convince the rest of society that their future demands sacrifice today.

Producer Helen Lennard

Exmouth schoolgirl takes climate message to EU

Kevin Hay

BBC Spotlight

A 14-year-old Devon schoolgirl has been telling the European Commission how concerned she is about climate change.

Jess Nicholls
BBC

Jess Nicholls, from Exmouth, was one of five young environmental activists invited to Brussels to discuss their fears.

She has been organising a series of school strikes raising awareness of the issue of global warming.