UK Student Climate Network answer your questions!

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Jake Woodier is a campaigns co-coordinator with the UK Student Climate Network. A campaigns coordinator helps to manage and make sure that the activities of the organisation are successful.

Q) What inspired you to join/ make this club? When did you first get the idea? From adventurous_piano, Streatham Wells Primary School

A) I first wanted to work with the UK Student Climate Network after I saw information about it starting in the United Kingdom in January. I had a lot of curiosity about how young people could try and tackle climate change after seeing the amazing work that students in Australia had been doing. They were really effectively highlighting the changes humans are responsible for relating to the climate and forcing people to listen to them.

Young people are able to use a different type of storytelling that is usually lost the older you get. In this case, young people have often been able to cut through adults’ scepticism and this has meant a much higher awareness that we need to change to protect nature and stop damaging the world

Q) How can the government help climate change? From noble_crab, Michael Faraday School

A) The government has the power to lead the way in which we live better lives that are less damaging through the actions that they take. They have the power, if they care enough about the issue to change the world to be a better place and make sure people, the planet, and everyone’s future is protected. They are able to spend money on ways to tackle climate change like renewable technology, and they can also set the rules to make sure that big businesses and people aren’t destroying our planet. Government’s also have the ability to help influence other countries around the world to do their part in making sure everyone has a planet to live on, so we must make sure we’re doing our best to lead by example.

Government’s also have the ability to help influence other countries around the world to do their part in making sure everyone has a planet to live on, so we must make sure we’re doing our best to lead by example.

Jake, UKSCN

Q) What do you think you and the organisation can do to help improve this crisis? From artistic_opinion, Arnhem Wharf Primary School

A) The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) can definitely help to improve the crisis by bringing a fresh approach than what has been tried before by adults. The different types of storytelling, focusing on what is right or wrong, not just what is politically possible is really important. It’s clear from the messaging, young people aren’t interested in the excuses or the lack of action, climate change is an urgent matter that has very little time to be addressed. UKSCN is doing well at highlighting that message, but at the same time making sure it’s known that we can also make a better world that focuses on looking after each-other and the planet.

I’m hoping to use my work experience to amplify the amazing and inspiring young people involved in the organisation to be as effective as they have the potential to be.

Q) Why do you think the climate change movement and strikes have attracted the youth so much? And what have the school strikes achieved so far and what are you hopeful they will achieve in the future? From fantastic_duck Faringdon, Community College

A) I think that the youth climate strikes have attracted young people so much because it’s a movement that can be related to. It first started with Greta Thunberg by herself, which by now has shown to everyone that each person can make a difference if they try. This movement isn’t about adults telling young people what to do, or ignoring their opinions. It’s about young people demanding that the adults change to make sure that the issue of climate change is solved, and that everyone has a safe and good place to live.

So far the young climate strikes have meant that millions of young people around the world have taken positive action for something that they’re incredibly passionate about. This has had a knock-on effect that world leaders seem to be starting to take climate change much more seriously, and agreeing that more ambitious, and more urgent action must be taken. In the UK, tens of thousands of young people have been organising each other to highlight how important it is that we stop climate change. This has meant tens of thousands of people demonstrating in hundreds of towns and cities, and it has meant politicians have started to listen.

The big aim is that the strikes have so much impact that the government and those in positions of power to absolutely everything they are able to, to stop climate change and make the world a cleaner, safer, and better place for everyone.

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