A month on from the last Climate Strike in Loughborough, the October edition took place on a drizzly last Friday of October.
Stuart Brady, Labour’s candidate for Loughborough at the next general election, addressed the Climate Strike about Labour’s climate change policies.
The march proceeded from Queens Park down Market Place, past the town hall to the McDonalds, and then back up to Market Street before returning to Queens Park for the speeches. It was very well led and organised by sixth-form students, but marchers were as young as three years old, including Mr Brady’s young son.
Mr Brady said:
“Since the September climate strike, Labour has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. We recognise that the climate emergency needs urgent action. This ambitious plan will be brought about by a Green New Deal and a Green Industrial Revolution.”
“Labour will invest to make sure that we become world leaders in areas like renewable power and electric vehicles.”
“Loughborough has a very rich engineering heritage. We have a powerhouse university, great college and plenty of skilled workers. The Labour Party will invest in 400,000 green jobs. I genuinely believe that Loughborough could be one of the key areas for this growth and these jobs.”
“What has gone on with businesses like the Brush is well known. We need a plan accompanied by serious investment to make sure that skilled jobs come back to Loughborough. The Green New Deal and Green Industrial Revolution offer to do just this.”
“We will have a national transformation fund and new public investment banks to make sure that the investment is there for the long term. Our area has learnt harsh lessons about what happens when we are left to rely on asset-stripping companies like Melrose who own the Brush.”
“I do recognise that a worldwide effort is needed. That’s why I will push as MP for a cut to emissions along global supply chains including in China. We need to take a leadership position, and the local air quality benefits of action will be massive when currently around 40,000 people die prematurely because of our air.”
“The young people organising these strikes are a credit to our area. The non-disruptive and professional manner of the strikes will really help win people over.”