Hounslow Green Party

Hounslow Greens join Climate Strike Protest in Westminster

23 September 2019

Activists from Hounslow Green party took a day off work and joined thousands of youth strikers and others on Friday 20th September 2019 in Westminster.

Hounslow Greens at Climate Change

The Global Climate Strike was a world-wide day of action with strike events in at least 137 countries.  Millions of young people marched, from handfuls of demonstrators on Pacific islands to mass rallies in cities like Melbourne, Mumbai, Berlin and New York.

The Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who inspired the protests, called it the biggest climate strike in history and called for urgent government action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

 Climate change protestors at Big Ben

Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, made a powerful speech at the rally in which she apologised to young people for her generation’s lack of earlier action.  Criticising the slow pace of government action she said “When your house is on fire... you don't call 999 and ask for a fire engine in 30 years' time."

Victoria George

Victoria George, the prospective Green Party candidate for Brentford and Isleworth, who attended the rally, said “I was very moved by the number of young people striking and out on the streets protesting today.  They are really bringing home the urgency of our situation, and we must act now for their futures.”

“I am very proud that the Green Party launched a petition in Hounslow that resulted in a Climate Emergency being declared.  Now we will be pushing hard to ensure that there is action in Hounslow that lives up to the declaration. This issue will only be tackled through massive effort from the whole community and we need our council to take the lead on that.”

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