On Friday 29th November 2019 there was a rally in the town square in Walthamstow in support of the School Strike for the Climate. The school strike for the climate (Swedish: skolstrejk för klimatet), also known variously as Fridays for Future (FFF), Youth for Climate, Climate Strike and Youth Strike for Climate, is an international movement of school students who take time off from their classes to participate in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. It began when Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg staged a protest in August 2018 outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" ("School strike for the climate").
The Waltham Forest event, which attracted about 300 people, was co-hosted by Waltham Forest Climate Emergency Campaign, Waltham Forest Extinction Rebellion and Waltham Forest Trades Council. School children were among the speakers, as well as Waltham Forest mixed media artist and ceramics maker Linda Green and arborialist Russell Miller, the specialist who put together for the Save Our Square Campaign the report on the trees in the town square ear-marked for destruction at the request of private developers by the allegedly environmentally conscious Labour council. The report may be read in full on this site: Arboricultural Report, Russell Miller. Also available on this site is a gallery of more than 100 posters designed by local schoolchildren and images of letters that they wrote to the council leader Cllr. Clare Coghill demanding that the trees should be spared.
Below are some useful links for getting in touch with the organisers of this event:
• Waltham Forest Climate Emergency Campaign
• Extinction Rebellion Waltham Forest
• Waltham Forest Trades Council