Who are we?
UKSCN London is a group of young people who have come together to fight for climate justice. We come from across the city and a range of backgrounds and experiences, but we are united by a commitment to creating a world where everyone can live safely.
We are part of the UK Student Climate Network and national Youth Strike For Climate movement.
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We take action to put pressure on politicians and institutions to tackle the climate emergency, and aim to create a generation of young people who are equipped and educated to bring around change.
We want London to become a zero-carbon city by 2030, through a radical and transformative Green New Deal that puts social justice at the heart of the transition.
The climate crisis is not just a scientific issue, it's also political one. The crisis is not a result of a lack of technology or understanding, it's due to the exploitative and immensely unequal global capitalist systems which put corporate profits above people. Therefore, tackling the climate crisis must mean tackling social inequality and working towards a more just world.
We also want to create a generation of young people who are educated about the crucial issues facing our generation and has the skills to take action to create a better world.
In August 2018, Greta Thunberg first sat outside the Swedish parliament to protest government inaction on climate change. Within a few months, teenagers across the world were joining her and striking from school as part of the international Fridays For Future movement. In December, young people in the UK began to organise and on 15th February 2019, we had our first national strike. Over 5000 young people came out to make our voices heard in central London, in what was the first of many strikes.
Over the next year, we held strikes almost monthly, with adults joining us for the global general strike on 20th September 2019 - which had up to 100,000 people in London alone! Along the way we have also held educational events, worked with a range of groups, taken part in a bunch of different cool actions and learnt a huge amount.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began we've moved most of our organising online, spending time re-evaluating our strategy and structure. We've also collaborated with other groups & done some actions such as banner drops and projections. We are excited to make our voices heard even louder in 2021!