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Climate change protest in Inverness calls for action

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Climate change protest in Inverness. Picture: James Mackenzie
Climate change protest in Inverness. Picture: James Mackenzie

PROTESTERS of all ages flocked to Inverness city centre to join a global protest to fight climate change.

People came from all over the Highlands to join the Global Climate Strike in Falcon Square to call authorities to action, asking for serious measures to prevent environmental breakdown.

The Inverness gathering was organised by local environmental campaigning groups Inverness Youth Climate Strike, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Extinction Rebellion Highlands and Islands and involved speeches, music, chanting and activities for younger people.

Extinction Rebellion campaigner Elliott Blaauw, said: "I have grandchildren and they are the ones who will inherit this planet, and if we don't do something in the next two years there will be nothing left to do.

"We want politicians to stop acting cynically, thinking short term and only of elections, and to start taking critical actions to get solutions that will work in the long term."

Protesters were asked to set off their alarm clocks at 1pm and lay down on the pavement to represent the lack of time to save the planet.

Many people in the crowd underlined how it will be the poorest populations of the world to suffer the most.

The protest is part of a global campaign, with similar events also taking place in Ullapool, Nairn, Forres and Elgin.

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