Oxford City Council supports the voices of young people participating in Global Climate Strike

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2019

Oxford City Council is supporting the voices of the young people who will be participating in Global Climate Strike day (Friday 20 September).

On Friday, young people across Oxford will be taking part in the Global Strike for Climate on Broad Street from 11am until 2pm. They will be joining students globally who will be participating.

Oxford City Council supports the aims of the students, and the need for awareness of the climate emergency.

The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that the current global target of 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 is not enough to avert catastrophic temperature change.

In January 2019, Oxford City Council members unanimously declared a climate emergency, and in April set a vision to reduce the City Council’s own emissions to net zero by 2030 at the latest.

The City Council will be holding the Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change later this month. It will be the first city in the UK to hold a citizens assembly addressing the issues of climate change.

Speakers at the citizens assembly will include Linnet Drury, a student at Oxford Spires Academy who has participated in the school climate strikes in Oxford, and will be opening the introduction by discussing ‘Why is climate change important?’

“We have the chance to build a better, more hopeful world - and young people and school children here in Oxford are key to that. That’s why Oxford City Council is supporting young people in their action against climate breakdown. It’s why we’re working with young people to tackle climate breakdown at the local level and why they are so involved in our Citizens Assembly.” 
Councillor Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford