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
2.30pm - Manchester
1.55pm - Westminster
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
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.’
12.45pm - Edinburgh
12.35pm - London
Anna Surgenor of the UKGBC and sustainability consultant Ellie Austin with children
Anna surgenor ukgbc and ellie austin with kids climate strike 20 sept corrected
12.30pm - London
I joined @ArupUKIMEA colleagues marching to Fitzroy Sq to show my support for the #ClimateStrike. 90% of world GDP is still on commitments leading to 3degC or over, with likely catastrophic consequences for us all. That's why I'm committed to the transition to a #circulareconomy pic.twitter.com/POGqoOR17W— Richard Boyd (@RichardCBoyd) September 20, 2019
12.20pm - Newcastle
12.15pm - London
Hirigoyen: ‘As Greta says: Wherever there is action there is no need for optimism. Looking out at this turnout I’m bursting with optimism’ . Now the march is on the move. #climatestrike— Ella Jessel (@EllaJessel) September 20, 2019
12.10pm - London
12.05pm - London
Team from dRMM join the crowds in Store Street
Drmm at the buildings centre 20 september ella jessel
12.00pm - London
UKGBC’s Julie Hirigoyen says turnout (hundreds) is overwhelming. ‘We (property industry) are a significant part of the challenge. We believe every single building counts. We need to bring them all to net zero carbon.’ #climatestrike— Ella Jessel (@EllaJessel) September 20, 2019
12.00pm - London
11.45am - Newbury
Chris Medland of One World Design in Newbury
Standing with XR in Newbury between meetings. pic.twitter.com/Mj3ANOTMkg— Chris Medland (@chris_medland) September 20, 2019
11.45am - London
Haworth Tompkins’ staff outside the Building Centre in Store Street
Haworth tompkins store street 20 september copyright ella jessel
11.30am - Edinburgh
11.00am - Liverpool
10.30am - Carlisle
10.30am - London
@GPE_plc property developers committed to constructing net zero carbon buildings by 2030. Sign up to a ground-breaking Climate Change Commitment launched by members of the Better Buildings Partnership.#climatechange #ecofriendly #constructionuk property #change #construction pic.twitter.com/UkUGdzhSnE— ccogroup (@ccogroupltd) September 20, 2019
9.30am - London