Climate strike will demand action on environmental concerns

Eco Youth Shetland are planning a further day of action against climate change by holding another strike.

The latest demonstration is due to take place on Friday at the Market Cross in Lerwick.

Friday falls on 14th February, so the strike will form part of the Show the Love Campaign which is being staged by the Climate Coalition – the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate action.

It is made up of a group of 140 organisations including Oxfam, RSPB and the National Trust.

Previous strikes staged by the Eco Youth group have been aimed at the Shetland Islands Council to declare a climate emergency – a call which the SIC has now recognised.

But organisers say this week’s strike will be aimed in the hope that “our islands” can come together to discuss possible actions as individuals and as a community.

A statement released from Eco Youth Shetland said: “The council have been extremely welcoming and accommodating, hearing our views and we appreciate them listening to our concerns and pledging to take positive action.

“We hope to continue raising the issue by holding this event and letting people come together and show their support for action and love for our planet.”

Pupils interested in taking part in the strike are being urged to get an out of school form to make sure that the school knows who is participating.


Add Your Comment
  • David Spence

    • February 11th, 2020 21:44

    It is great awareness on climate change is being brought to the fore. However, we are being misinformed as to one aspect of pollution, this of transportation. Transportation amounts to about 6% of overall pollution.

    One of the largest contributors to pollution and greenhouse gases is this of agriculture. As our population grows, the demand for meat, plant based foods will increase, and subsequently, the pollution caused by a greater demand on agriculture will occur.

    It is a disturbing irony that the basis for survival to this of pollution should go hand-in-hand. However, one would hope new farming methods and more dependence of sea based food production may reduce overall pollution.

    I am sure technology could be used moreso in harnessing land based food production to this of sea-based? This would, hopefully, give the planet time to heal itself and to transform the land back to a way nature intended.

    However though, what is the main driving force behind much of the pollution? I would hazzard a guess economics (money) being the number cause to pollution and green house gases?

    An artificial source of destruction which has no baring on the natural laws and eco-systems which controls life.

    • Ali Inkster

      • February 12th, 2020 20:38

      It is the new farming methods and fish farming that carries the higher carbon footprint, traditional farming and modern fishing are very low in terms of carbon footprint. What does have a high carbon footprint is fish caught of Shetland by european boats then frozen, shipped to china, processed, refrozen then shipped back from china to uk supermarkets.

  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 14th, 2020 12:34

    Sadly Muscle farming releases huge quantities of Methane, but so does every type of shellfish alongside ruminate animals ever created. I wonder if the climate nuts would have us clear the African Planes of Antelope and Wilderbeast alongside sterilising the sea of molluscs and bivalves? I hope the kids enjoy their climate strike today, global warming at its very best!!! Happy Valentines everyone.


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.