(Image: Coleg y Cymoedd)
Many FE colleges will participate in today’s (20 September 2019) global climate change strike, ahead of a UN emergency climate summit. The strike is inspired by Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden.
One of the colleges taking action is Coleg y Cymoedd, where “Hundreds of learners, education workers and union members [have] congregated at the college’s four campuses to demonstrate their support for the global effort to cut carbon emissions by 45% over the next decade”. Karen Phillips, Principal & Chief Executive of Coleg y Cymoedd, thanked learners and staff for their contributions.
In response, Vikki Howells AM Tweeted “positive to see local strikes taking place, including the efforts of Coleg y Cymoedd & more.”
Another member college also spoke out on social media, “There is no Planet B. This is the only one we’ve got, and we need to fight for it. On Sept 20-27, we are supporting #ClimateStrike to make sure our leaders listen to our demands for urgent climate action NOW” – NPTC Group.
Bridgend college are supporting students and staff to learn more about climate change and what they all can do to make a difference, “Let us all show the world that #BridgendCollege is ready for change”
Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said, “The Welsh Government has recently declared a Climate Emergency and we would encourage all colleges to consider how they can best raise awareness of the urgent need for everyone to take action. ColegauCymru is a charity focused on addressing the needs of the future and current generation of learners, it’s part of the reason why we were established. We know that we have lots to learn from young people when it comes to recognising that we have to take action on climate change as a matter of urgency.”
Sending solidarity to young people (& the not so young) around the world who are striking to demand action to tackle the urgent threat posed by #climatechange. Positive to see local strikes taking place, including the efforts of @ColegyCymoedd, @ucucymoedd & more. #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/jHm0KP3TZK— Vikki Howells AM (@VikkiHowells) September 20, 2019