Welcome to SYCS

Welcome to the page for Scottish Youth Climate Strike.
We are part of the FridaysForFuture movement started by Greta Thunberg.

Please sign this petition urging the UK Government to act on climate change. It takes less than 2 minutes to sign it.

Find a strike

The next global protest will be in September 20th-27th. This will take various forms in different cities and towns, and there are currently some marches being planned. Please see the Strike Locations page for more information.

Our Demands

Adapted from UKSCN

Our demands are that...

  • 1. Having declared a climate emergency, the Government commit to climate justice, and pressure other Governments to declare a climate emergency and prioritise the protection of life on Earth, taking active steps to achieve climate justice.

    Climate change will soon be irreversible and the only way that can be prevented is if governments across the world implement and enforce much stronger legislation to minimise pollutants, particularly from industry and factories, which account for the majority of pollution and emissions.

  • 2. The Government agree to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

    Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are the three most prevalent greenhouse gases and their emissions must be curbed in order for climate change to be slowed down or reversed. In order to minimise emissions of these gases before it is too late, the government must implement initiatives to go carbon and emission neutral by 2030 and then go carbon negative.

  • 3. The national curriculum be reformed to address the ecological crisis as an educational priority.

    The severity of climate change must be implemented more into the school curriculum than it is at present because education is the first step towards lasting change and communicating the severity of the issue from childhood would be extremely effective.

  • 4. The Government communicate the severity of the ecological crisis and the necessity to act now to the general public.

    The worrying majority of the public is relatively indifferent to climate change and a lot of people don't realise how much of an issue it is at the moment. There is very little time left to prevent climate change from becoming irreversible and the public must be educated on the subject so that they understand the necessity of doing their part to minimise their carbon footprint and how to do so.

Guidelines and Rules for Striking

Here is a list of guidelines and rules to follow when striking in order for our message to be taken seriously:

  1. 1. Do not go onto the road - stay within the designated area

  2. 2. No violence

  3. 3. No vandalism

  4. 4. Do not bring drugs or alcohol

  5. 5. Do not smoke or vape

  6. 6. Comply with police and follow their instructions

  7. 7. Listen to stewards/event organisers and be respectful towards them and other strikers

  8. 8. Be polite to the public - explain your aims and be calm and patient

  9. 9. Do not annoy or distract drivers

  10. 10. Know your rights!