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Hundreds of school students in Wales join global climate strike

Pupils from Abergavenny have missed school to protest today. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Hundreds of school students in Wales joined protesters from around the world on a strike to call for action on climate change.

Organisers said they expected more than a million young people to take part, from at least 110 countries.

Last month, the Welsh Government declared a 'climate emergency'. But the pupils protesting said politicians still must do more to protect the planet.

Hundreds of students marched through Cardiff. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Beth Irving organised the protest in Cardiff. She was joined by hundreds of students in a march from City Hall to the Senedd.

I feel it's really important to let youth views be heard...

The Government has to listen to us because we're here and there's enough of us to make a difference.

The declaration of the climate emergency shows they do view this crisis as a crisis but without taking those active steps... Without showing that they do truly care about the environment, we can't see that this is changing anything.

– Beth Irving
Beth Irving, 17, said missing school is the 'only option'. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Pupils from Abergavenny also marched through their town centre, calling for action.

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

If we don't act now, then our world will have consequences and we will have lots of storms and our animals will die out and there's no extra planet so we need to act now.

– Lily, aged 9
Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

They've backed a climate emergency but they're not thinking about what they're doing. So everyone thinks hooray they're backing a climate emergency but do they mean it?

– Atticus, aged 8
Credit: ITV Cymru Wales
Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Monmouthshire County Council said it is committed to reducing carbon emissions but does not support students missing school.

I agree that politicians of all levels must do more to tackle climate change and ensure that our way of life has a minimal impact on the wellbeing of the natural world. Earlier this month, Monmouthshire County Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency and committed to prioritise strategies to reduce carbon emissions.

I am pleased to see that young people in Monmouthshire are ethical and informed citizens, rightly concerned about the impact modern living is having on our natural environment. However, I do not support school pupils being encouraged to truant, however principled their intention, at a time when major examinations are taking place. I urge pupils to consider other ways to lobby decision-makers and express their views without disrupting their education.

– County Councillor Richard John, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People