by molly blackall, 3rd year history and international relations at LSE
by isabella pojuner, 2nd year government and history at LSE
Between 500-600 LSE students, and a 30-strong coalition of societies, attended LSE’s first major climate strike. We marched from campus to King’s College to Parliament Square, following the thousands to the Department of Energy and Industrial Strategy and back round to Westminster Bridge.
In making placards, taking photos, beating drums, confronting cars and crying out chants, we were very aware we were making history: the visceral, angry, passionate energy a product of this and the strength of our community, our generation.
Maybe LSE was aware of this too. Security and LSE Estates were largely supportive, at worst ignorant, of the action. Our only barrier was the week’s strong winds, which blew down the coalition’s banner from the Old Building. But we carried it all the way down to the centre of power.
The 68 Collective and Earthrise Journal were two of the publications instrumental in organising the action. We are reminded of the importance of putting action to our words and values. It is easier to speak and not do. We are reminded that in London, the world’s most surveilled city, we are likely documented for participating. We are reminded by the recent ID card incident at King’s College that our own universities are tracking prominent activists on campus at the instruction of the police (although we have no evidence LSE is doing this).
I, among many other environmentalists, am shocked at the universal energy amongst us. The institutions we study, work and require will be transformed by it. And I believe, as a society, this is how we change. So thank you to all who participated or organised. Without you, we wouldn’t be a flame.