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29 September 2021

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Youth climate protests are back

Protesting in parliament square. Photo: Isai Priya

Protesting in parliament square. Photo: Isai Priya   (Click to enlarge)


On 24 September, hundreds of students walked out of their classes and gathered in Parliament Square to demand that the Tory government acts now to end climate change and save our future. The demo was part of other protests, organised by young people, around the country and across the world.

The Socialist Party message was very well received. Our young members went out into the crowd with leaflets and sign-up sheets for Socialist Students, with many leaving their details.

Unfortunately, the organisers refused to allow us, or anyone outside of the planned speakers' list, to give a speech to the crowd. This is highly undemocratic.

It is essential that we have a free discussion, where young people can put forward their solutions, even if there are disagreements. Otherwise, we can end up with nobody putting forward the strategies we need to fight the failure of the Tories and Starmer's Labour.

We need a democratically organised, mass, working-class movement for the climate. Capitalism is the cause of climate change. We have to fight against it, and for socialist change.

Maurice Cooper


Socialist Students was part of a 150-strong protest organised by the student-staff Climate Coalition at Leeds University. Staff at the university won the right to have an hour stoppage at work, which facilitated a march from the uni down to the 'youth strike for climate' rally in the city centre.

Our leaflets for the Youth March for Jobs on 9 October were well received. Our banner and placards calling for 'socialist change to end climate change' drew attention. This led to Leeds Student Radio interviewing us, and someone joining us on the protest who wants to get active in Socialist Students.

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In The Socialist 29 September 2021:

What we think

Starmer consolidates post-Corbyn Blairite transformation of Labour


German election: A change of capitalist government, but disaster for Die Linke

People's budgets

Save our services


End profit-fuelled crisis

NHS workers reject 3% pay insult

Driver shortages - a view from the inside

News in brief

Black history month

Black history month and its relevance today

Climate change

CWI livestream rally report

Workplace news

NEU deputy general secretary election

Corby and Burton Latimer Weetabix engineers strike

Fightback to save Birmingham GKN jobs!

Flexibility to suit workers not the bosses

College workers walk out in pay dispute


London tenants v greedy contractors

Bromsgrove protest for NHS fair pay

Sabina Nessa vigil: End violence against women

Youth and Students

Join the fight for our future

Sunak's student special

More market chaos: York students given digs in Hull

Lots of sign-ups for Socialist Students at freshers

Youth climate protests are back


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Climate change:

triangleSunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure

triangleYouth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Socialist change to reverse climate change

triangleThousands march in Glasgow and elsewhere to save the planet

triangleCapitalism's COP26 failure: socialist planning vital


triangleKickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

triangleFight for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and an end to youth rates

triangleYouth climate protests

triangleSave Southall youth centre - stop all cuts


triangleBulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

triangle27 dead in channel migrant tragedy

triangleArgentine elections see deepening polarisation


triangleHigher education disputes

triangleStaff and students unite against university bosses' attacks


triangleHS2 eastern route cancelled: Fight for a workers' plan for public transport

Socialist Students:

triangleStop the cuts to Uni arts funding

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