A Tywyn school pupil and climate protester has decided to take on parliament and press for urgent action on climate change.
Chenoa Roe, 12, is the organiser of Youth Strike 4 Climate Tywyn, just one branch of a worldwide movement determined to hold climate change inaction to account and invest in the futures of younger generations.
Youth Strike 4 Climate Tywyn has committed to striking once a month outside the town’s council building in order to get their message across.
Chenoa recently got in touch with her MP, Liz Saville-Roberts, about the protests, who expressed her support and filed an early day motion with the hope of discussion in parliament.
The motion ‘recognises the effort and commitment by over 80 pupils from Tywyn, by striking over the inactivity of UK and Welsh Governments over climate change’ and ‘urges the UK Government to work with the devolved administrations to put climate change at the top of the political agenda’.
Gwynedd Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and outlined their commitment to becoming a carbon-neutral county by 2030.
Whilst the motion commends this move, it recognises that much more needs to be done to tackle climate change, on a local, national and international level.
The motion filed by Saville-Roberts has been signed by three other members of Plaid Cymru so far: Hywel Williams, Ben Lake and Jonathan Edwards.
Tywyn climate strikers are also gathering signatures on a petition that is being sent to Parliament for the incoming prime minister.
In a video posted on social media, Chenoa has urged the next UK prime minister and other world leaders to take serious environmental action: “They are going to need to get their act together. We need change now, the future’s in your hands.”