18 September 2019
Lambeth Green councillors have called on Lambeth Council to change its position on Friday’s Climate Change strikes after it emerged that Lambeth pupils would not be permitted to take a day of authorised absence to participate.
Lambeth schools reportedly received a letter from the Council stating that any pupil absences as a result of the Climate Strike must be recorded as unauthorised. The Council’s position has also prompted a petition calling on them to “allow students to go on marches for educational reasons and to save the planet”.
The strike action on 20th September forms part of the Global Climate Strike which will see adults and children across the world participate in a huge day of climate action. 
Lambeth Green Group Leader, Jonathan Bartley, has written to both the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council requesting that, in line with the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency, they support the strike action.
He said:“The Council’s refusal to support these courageous young people only highlights how Lambeth are not taking the declaration of the climate emergency seriously. They passed the Green Party’s motion to become the first London borough to declare a climate emergency, yet the message sent out to schools in the lead up to Friday’s climate action gives a completely contradictory message.
“We recently saw the publication of the Council’s woefully inadequate carbon reduction plan which, amongst other things, takes no account of the carbon released from the estate demolition programme which will threatens communities now - and will do so for years to come through its release of CO2. Lambeth Council must start walking the talk.”
[2} Information on the Global Climate Strike https://www.campaigncc.org/climate_strike_20_september