The growing wave of climate protest continued in Manchester on Friday 16 November, when 15 people from across the area gathered in St. Peters Square near Manchester Town Hall. They were inspired by the example of 15 year old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thornberg, who has been on ‘school strike’ for the past 13 Fridays. She has stood outside the Parliament in Stockholm with signs calling on politicians to take climate change seriously.
People from Salford, Stockport and beyond joined Mancunians at the good-natured protest, from 12 noon until 2pm, with banners, placards and leaflets. They engaged passers-by in conversation about the imminent threat posed by climate change.
One organiser Allan Challenger said. “All over the world these Friday protests are spreading. This has been the biggest one so far in Manchester. Scientists have told us we need to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions drastically, starting now. That will only happen if people come together to force governments and companies to do the right thing.
“We will be here in St Peters Square every Friday from 12 noon. People who care about climate change, or want to learn more, are welcome to join us.”