Live as climate change and Black Lives Matter protesters stage demo in Millennium Square

Youth4Climate Leeds and Black Live Matter Leeds are staging a protest in Leeds city centre today.

By Abbey Maclure
Friday, 24th September 2021, 3:12 pm
Updated Friday, 24th September 2021, 5:12 pm

Themed 'wave of change', organisers say the demonstration will raise awareness of climate and racial justice and highlight how the two issues are intertwined.

It follows Youth4Climate Leeds’ past strikes, where young people skipped school to protest against climate change.

The demonstration is part of what organisers are hailing as "a rebirth of the UK’s climate crisis movement", a global day of climate action under the banner of Fridays For Future.

Mia Thomas, 28, (left) and Dr Tess Mattam, 41, with her 10-year-old son Henry.

It's being held in response to the 'code red for humanity' - the latest warning from the United Nations’ IPCC report showing intensified climate breakdown - and the global struggle for racial justice, led by groups such as Black Lives Matter.

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Live as climate change and Black Lives Matter protesters stage demo in Millennium Square

Last updated: Friday, 24 September, 2021, 16:57

19-year-old Woody, of Youth4Climate Leeds, said: “I’m here because I’m terrified about my future and the devastation that the climate crisis is bringing - and is going to continue to bring unless we urgently address the emissions that are being constantly pumped into the atmosphere."

“It’s their future"

More pictures from the protest

Our reporter at the scene, Abbey Maclure, says:

“Protesters are beginning to feed into Millennium Square, as Youth4Climate and Black Lives Matter Leeds prepare for this afternoon’s demonstration. “The two groups have joined together to raise awareness of climate and racial injustice. “There will be live music, speakers and workshops at the rally, which is just beginning - as Black Lives Matter Leeds founder Marvina Newton addresses the crowd. “There is currently a very minor police presence.”

First picutres from the demo

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