Labour movement supports "anti-capitalist" climate strike
Students in Glasgow skipped school on Friday joining thousands across the UK to protest for urgent action on climate change.
The campaign group "Schools 4 Climate Action" organised the demonstrations, demanding the UK government declare a climate emergency and lower the voting age to 16.
Despite the issue of climate change being perceived as the territory of the “middle class”, many young socialists were amongst those who took to the street.
In London, Glasgow and other UK cities there were chants of “Fuck Theresa May” and, “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”. School children also held placards with slogans such as “if the climate was a bank it would be saved by now” and “roses are dead, violets are dead, everything is dead, because of capitalism”
The demo held in George Square had a strong presence from the labour movement.
Alison Campbell Glass, vice chair of Scottish Young Labour said “The Climate Strike held all over the UK and Europe shows how seriously young people take the future of their planet. The strike was an example of successful working class anti-capitalist action that needs to be taken before it’s too late. We need a complete overhaul of the system, we need to build a new system that’s fair and sustainable. It really is a choice between living under socialism and living under water”.
The Young Communist League also played a role in the George Square protest, and their Scottish organiser Michael Quinn said: “We fully support this new generation of revolutionary youth in their first steps to becoming a thorn in the side of this government, we need to carry trade union based solutions to the environmental crisis into movements like this”.
Bafflingly, despite these school students being able to vote in the 2022 general election, many tone deaf Tory MPs took to Twitter to mock the action, including the Prime Minister who decried the students as ‘disruptive’ and said their actions would be a strain to schools and teachers. MPs such as Andrea Leadsom and James Cleverly even suggested they be punished for their truancy.
One thing is clear, if the UK establishment were worried about the radical left growing amongst Millennials, they aren’t prepared for Generation Z.