US actor Leonardo DiCaprio has shown his support for protesters who took part in last Friday’s climate change youth strike.
The actor 'regrammed' an image of school children taking part in the strike in Brighton.
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His post included a caption from Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist whose protest outside the Swedish parliament started the movement of youth climate strikes.
The caption said: “This picture is from Brighton. This week well over 100 000 school children were on strike for the climate!! British PM says that the children on school strike are “wasting lesson time”. That may well be the case. But then again, political leaders have wasted 30 yrs of inaction. And that is slightly worse....”
Students from Brighton schools and universities downed tools and gathered at the Clock Tower on Friday (February 15) ahead of a march through the city.
They called on the Government to declare a climate emergency, the ‘ecological crisis’ included in the National Curriculum, and for the voting age be lowered to 16.
DiCaprio has been a strong advocate of action on climate change in the past.
In 2016, during his acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant, he said: “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”