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As it happened: the AJ’s report from the Climate Strike protests

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Read about Friday’s (20 September) Climate Strike demonstrations as architects joined thousands of environmental protestors to make their voices heard across the country  

The global Climate Strike is a response from business and industry in support of the millions of pupils who have already participated in the Fridays for Future school strikes in recent months, originally sparked by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

The international walk-outs also follow the Extinction Rebellion protests earlier this year and the declaration of a climate emergency by the UK Parliament and others, including the RIBA.

In London, for example, the UK Green Building Council arranged for architects and other industry professionals to gather outside the Building Centre, in Store Street, central London before they marched down to join the main demonstration at Millbank.In Liverpool, protestors are congregating outside the city’s St George’s Hall.

The AJ covered the events throughout the day with readers giving us their individual takes on Twitter with the hashtag #climatestrike and the tag @architectsjrnal.

2.45pm - Liverpool

HarrisonStringfellow Architects make it to the end of the Liverpool Climate Strike march route in the city’s Derby Square.

Harrison stringfellow architects in liverpool

Harrison stringfellow architects in liverpool

2.30pm - Manchester

1.55pm - Westminster

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Hackney tweet ella jessel

1.45pm - central London

1.40pm - central London

1.25pm - London

1.20pm - Glasgow

1.10pm - London

Sheppard Robson staff with placards in central London.

Shepard robson climate strike 20 september

Shepard robson climate strike 20 september

12.55pm - London

12.50pm - London

Finbar Charleson, 26, architectural assistant at dRMM: ‘We don’t want to continue working the way we do if it counts for 40 per cent of emissions. The office has taken the whole day [to strike]. We’re going to do workshops and a tree walk. Just us stood here saying we can’t design a new planet is us accepting responsibility as designers. We know our scope can only go so far but we know we don’t just want to be servants. This is really important. We can’t design a new planet.’

Finbar drmm

Finbar drmm

12.45pm - Edinburgh

12.35pm - London

Anna Surgenor of the UKGBC and sustainability consultant Ellie Austin with children

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Anna surgenor ukgbc and ellie austin with kids climate strike 20 sept corrected

12.30pm - London

12.20pm - Newcastle

12.15pm - London

12.10pm - London

12.05pm - London

Team from dRMM join the crowds in Store Street

Drmm at the buildings centre 20 september ella jessel

Drmm at the buildings centre 20 september ella jessel

12.00pm - London

12.00pm - London

11.45am - Newbury

Chris Medland of One World Design in Newbury

11.45am - London

Haworth Tompkins’ staff outside the Building Centre in Store Street

Haworth tompkins store street 20 september copyright ella jessel

Haworth tompkins store street 20 september copyright ella jessel

11.30am - Edinburgh

11.00am - Liverpool

10.30am - Carlisle


10.30am - London

9.30am - London




Readers' comments (2)

  • To all the school kids going on 'strike' for Climate Change:
    You are the first generation who have required air-conditioning in every classroom.
    You want TV in every room and your classes are all computerised.
    You spend all day and night on electronic devices.
    More than ever, you don't walk or ride bikes to school but arrive in caravans of private cars that choke local roads and worsen rush hour traffic.
    You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy,
    Your entertainment comes from electric devices.
    Furthermore, the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating the population growth through immigration, which increases the need for energy, manufacturing and transport.
    The more people we have, the more forest and bushland we clear and more of the environment is destroyed.
    How about this...
    Tell your teachers to switch off the air-con.
    Walk or ride to school. Switch off your devices and read a book.
    Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.
    No, none of this will happen because you are selfish, badly educated, virtue signalling little 'princesses', inspired by the adults around you who crave a feeling of having a 'noble cause' while they indulge themselves in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life.
    Wake up, grow up and learn to research facts and think for yourself and not blindly accept the words and thoughts of others - I don't think you formulated this action plan all by your self - suspect you may have had some influence and 'guidance' from those you trust ....a word of warning, be cautious of the influence of the 'left' because there may be a time in the future that you will be the ones left out...

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  • *subtext* White male feels left out as his right wings views and computer illiteracy are increasingly alienating him from the world around him.

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