On September 20th, we joined millions of people across the world in walking out of their workplaces and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets and demand action on the climate crisis.

Our global economic system, reliant on the burning of fossil fuels and the extraction of resources, has pushed us to the brink of an irreversible disaster. Those living in the Global South and other marginalised groups are the first to face floods, drought, poverty and poor health due to a crisis caused by richer countries. We know that climate change forces people to migrate to safer ground. We also know that many are pushed out of their own land by international corporations who are bolstered by the UK’s foreign policies and colonial history.  The climate crisis has no borders, yet the UK closes the doors to those who move.

The fight for migrant justice and against the climate crisis are one and the same – wealth, ownership, power and privilege must be redistributed.  The only way to achieve this is through an end to the hostile environment and through a Green New Deal which invests in our economic future whilst placing marginalised groups at the centre of any policy proposals.

The UK can, and should, be a world leader in not only stopping climate change in its tracks but ensuring that migrants and marginalised groups have their rights protected.

There is no time to waste. That is why, inspired by the youth climate movement, we joined the Global Climate Strike on 20th September, 2019. 

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