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Pupils to strike in Inverness over climate change

By Neil MacPhail

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STUDENTS from across Inverness will gather in the city centre today to strike as part of the growing international movement demanding action on climate change.

The protest is being organised by Scottish Youth Climate Strike (SYCS), which helps organise school strikes and protests in cities all over Scotland.

Today’s action is the Global Youth Climate Strike – the biggest event in the SYCS calendar.

Spokesman Harry Quinn said: “Youth Climate Strike is a collective of passionate, determined students and young people demanding climate justice from the Scottish Government.

“SYCS is a branch of Fridays For Future, the inspirational youth movement demanding system change from governments all over the world.”

There will be a placard making workshop in the Spectrum Centre at 11.30am while there is music and speeches as part of a demonstration in Falcon Square at the same time.

In addition GPs from a number of medical practices in Inverness and the surrounding area will be adding their support by donating today’s pay to the charity Medact.

The Highland Council will regard any striking students as being on unauthorised absence but no other sanctions will be taken.

A council spokeswoman said: “No pupil will be punished for striking. If they do strike, their attendance record will be marked with an unauthorised absence.”

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