It was my privilege, on behalf of the MPA, to address the magnificent schools demo against the desecration of the planet by the profiteers, aided and abetted by the political climate change deniers.
The spirit and dedication of the hundreds of young people was an inspiration to all who attended.
The young speakers demonstrated a level of understanding which belies the establishment critics of this campaign who claim they are acting irresponsibly by missing their lessons. The irresponsible people are those who deny climate change is happening or those who pay lip-service to it but in practice do nothing, like the present government and their predecessors.
The leaders of our movement should take a leaf out of the book of these young people and start campaigning seriously, with enthusiasm and determination, for a programme of action to create the conditions for a general election. Then a Corbyn-led government can take serious steps to deal with this existential threat to our planet.
One banner on the demo encapsulated the spirit of the campaign, it said: ‘We stand for the future of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’. That sums up the spirit and ethos of the Merseyside Pensioners Association.
I must pay tribute to the organisers of the demo whose impeccable preparation guaranteed safety, excellent communications, and effective loud speaker equipment. We can all learn lessons from this incredible movement.