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Young people across Wales take to the streets for climate strike

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Young people across Wales took to the streets to protest against climate change.

As part of a UK wide strike, young people marched through Cardiff, Swansea, Gwynedd and Tenby, amongst others, calling on politicians and businesses to do more to tackle the climate crisis.

Last year the Welsh Government become the first UK Parliament to declare a climate emergency. It also committed to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

9-year-old twin sisters, Lucia and Elsie beck, joined young people and parents alike on the streets of Tenby on Friday.

Elsie Beck wrote a letter to her local MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Simon Hart, explaining how worried she was about the environment.

Mr Hart wrote back explaining the UK government's plan to be carbon neutral by the time she was 39, "which seems a long time I know, but these things are expensive and complicated."

March in Tenby. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In Cardiff, young protesters said they are ''fighting for their future.''

''We are striking for our right to demand action for our climate. It's Valentine's Day so we decided to come together, share the love and fight for our future,'' said one activist.

The Youth Strike for Climate, also known as Fridays for Future and Youth for Climate, is an international movement of school students. They take time off from school on Fridays to take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent climate change.

Widespread action began after Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg staged a protest in 2018 outside the Swedish parliament.