More climate change protests taking place

12 April 2019, 11:32 | Updated: 12 April 2019, 11:34

Climate change protest Glasgow

Students across Yorkshire are joining nationwide protests again today - as part of a global campaign to tackle climate change.

Students across Yorkshire are joining nationwide protests again today - as part of a global campaign to tackle climate change.

Organisers behind the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement said "sizeable events" are taking place in major towns and cities including Sheffield and Leeds - as well as London, Manchester and Brighton.

Demonstrators take to the streets for the third mass walkout in as many months.

Those on strike said they are demanding that the Government declares a state of climate emergency, and reforms the curriculum "to address climate change as an educational priority".

They are also campaigning for the voices of young people to be considered when it comes to policy-making and for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

The strikes come in the wake of a UN report which warned that limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, beyond which climate impacts become increasingly severe, requires unprecedented action.

That includes cutting global carbon dioxide emissions by almost half within 12 years.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has previously spoken of his support for strikes, saying: "Collective action of the kind you're championing can make a difference, and a profound one."