Thomas Hardye students leave lessons in climate change protest

Thomas Hardye students leave lessons in climate change protest

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:49am 15th March 2019. (Updated at 5:23pm 15th March 2019)

Sixth formers walked out at midday.

Students from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester are going on strike today.

  • The strike took place at 12pm today, during lesson time.
  • Sixth Form Students say the government isn't acting on climate change.
  • Even with A-Level's around the corner, some of them believe the environment is more important.

A group of sixth formers put down their pencils and walked out of lessons to protest against what they are calling 'government inaction towards climate change.'

Student's were heard chanting "System change, not climate change" outside the gates of the school.

The protest is being led by students Joe Morgan, Molly Gardiner, William Simmons, Becky Rowe and Dilys Goodridge.

The students claim 200 species go extinct every day and temperatures are set to rise by 3 degrees, far higher than the target set out by the Paris conference in 2015. 

 Joe Morgan helped organise the protest. He had this to say:

Exams round the corner

Students say they're aware leaving their lessons places their teachers under more pressure, especially with A-levels fast approaching.

But, Headteacher Mike Foley spoke in support of the protest. 

"I think they are a credit to the school.

"I have agreed with them that out of this must come real action.

"They've already done pledges about what they're going to do. We talked in the summer about having a day of speakers and action... I'm really just proud of the way they've conducted themselves and the way they've behaved."

Dilys Goodridge helped organise the protest. She says the environment is more important than lessons.



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