YOUNG people turned out in force today in Bradford as part of the Youth Strikes for Climate which are taking place across the globe.

They gathered in Centenary Square and the event included speeches from young people, a march around the city centre, a 'die-in' and a printing workshop. 

Megan, 13, Shipley, who was one of the key organisers said: "We are sacrificing our education to do this because our politicians are not listening.

"We can only get people to listen by making a big noise like we are today.

"What is the point of our education if it’s for a future in a broken world."

Co-organiser Erin, 14, added: "We are taking action to make sure people can have an education in the future.

"And climate breakdown will affect growing food and transport – people across the world cannot eat because of the climate crisis now, which is unjust and we must act to change that, and this will affect all of us except the very rich if we do not act now."

Councillor Richard Dunbar (Lab, Thornton, Allerton and Sandy Lane) said: "‘I’m inspired by these young people, and as councillors we ignore them at our peril."

Manny McKenzie, from Extinction Rebellion Bradford, who attended the action said" ‘It’s great to be here because of these courageous young people, and up to us adults to ensure our councillors stop funding climate chaos by supporting the expansion of Leeds Bradford airport which will double carbon emissions causing climate breakdown when we need to drastically cut them, by creating free bus services rather than building more roads which again increases emissions and pollution, and to of course divest our council and pension fund from the fossil fuel industry.

"We know our politicians care about us and the future but we need to see actions that demonstrate that care."