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Climate Change - the biggest issue of all

April 4, 2019 12:00 PM
By Robert Court

HoC climate change protest (ITV)What did you think about the Climate Change protest in the House of Commons on 1st April? Not what they were or weren't wearing, but what it was all about? An unnecessary distraction from the really important business of Brexit?

But think for a moment. In the end, which is more important, Brexit or Climate Change? Our relationship with our continental neighbours or the very future of the planet and its human inhabitants?

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School pupils are increasingly becoming more vocal in speaking up about Climate Change. The protest movement, begun by a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, has spread to over 50 countries. Some of our own Derbyshire Dales school students have abandoned classes to join climate change marches on two recent occasions. Pupils climate change demo (BBC)

On Friday 15 March, pupils at Highfields School, Matlock were encouraged to organise a Climate Change Rally for an hour in the open air in the school grounds - as a sensible alternative to missing lessons in order to march in Sheffield. 200 or so came out of their classes to listen respectfully to some of their own number, who argued passionately for their concerns to be heard. I was honoured to be invited to address them too. This sentence from me struck a chord with the audience: "If climate change is the elephant in the room, then Brexit is just the flea on the elephant's back."

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Earth from space (BBC)There is anger amongst our young people - anger at being ignored, anger because it will be their planet to look after in the future. But I think they have hope that action can be taken in time. And seeing how strongly they felt, I have hope too - because they simply will not allow this matter to rest. The Liberal Democrats stand with them. So do I. And so must we all.

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