I am fairly politically active, note my interest in BNC, and I attend all the major monthly school strikes. I thought it would be nice to share my experience on here, and maybe recruit some of you.
I live in Oxford, and the majority of the strikes I attend are the Oxford one, however I do sometimes accompany my friend to the one in Swindon. Experiences may vary across different ares though, so do bear that in mind.
I normally do these alone, and travel is extremely easy as I'm only a 6 minute walk away from the strike location, so I couldn't really understand any disadvantages to going as that would be the only one I could think of.
When I arrived, I felt a bit overwhelmed and anxious, as I was alone and didn't have a sign, so I felt out of place.
However, soon after I got there, we all formed a crowd in the middle and started chanting. Here are the chants I can remeber :
•1, 2, 3, there is no planet b
•2, 4, 6, 8, climate change is not our mate
•People stop denying, our planet is dying
•Say hey, say ho, say climate change has got to go
•What do we want? Climate action! When do we want it? Now!
After a good 30 minutes the chanting died down and we had some speakers talk about why they were here, someone list our demands (Impliment a Green New Deal, lower the voting age to 16 etc.), and then we went on a march around central Oxford. This repeated for about 2.5 hours, after which Extinction Rebellion Oxford hosted a sort of party for us.
Overall, I found the experience extremely enjoyable and would encourage you to do it if you feel like it's something you'd be interested in doing, but its absolutely fine if its not.
I hope that you have learnt something from this report, and that you may have a new perspective on the school strikes.