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Student strike calls for more urgency over Uttlesford District Council's climate strategy

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A group of around 50 students missed lessons on Friday February 14 to march on Uttlesford District Council, calling for more action on the climate change crisis.

Armed with placards and loud speakers, the teenagers joined in the nationwide Student Climate Strike, urging authorities to speed up the development and implementation of schemes to help save the environment.

They had previously accused Uttlesford of 'watering down' its climate crisis strategy.

Students march calling for climate change action (29480607)
Students march calling for climate change action (29480607)

Wojtek Widuch, 18, co-organiser of the protest along with Olivia Whittle, said that the council's Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) leaders Cllrs John Lodge and Richard Freeman greeted students outside the council's Saffron Walden offices before inviting them in to debate the issues of concern. They offered the students two seats on the authority's climate change working group.

Mr Widuch said: "We feel it went very well. We engaged the public, we got answers and we now have commitments that allow for the concerns of the youth to be heard within the full council meetings, as well as behind the scenes where policy is created."

Cllr Lodge added: "We applaud the commitment our youth have in supporting this critical issue. It's clear that they want visible local action to take place."

Protesters gather in Market Square, Saffron Walden (29480596)
Protesters gather in Market Square, Saffron Walden (29480596)

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