STUDENTS in Winchester are urging adults to show they share their concerns over the future of the planet by joining them on a march on Easter Monday.

The march, organised by Winchester Friends of the Earth (FoE), will take place on Earth Day and is in response to the recent protests by students asking for action on climate change.

The aims to unite adults and young people from different groups and organisations, all marching under their own banners, to show that there is a widespread demand in Winchester to tackle climate change.

It will be led by the students who have been involved in the protests, and who will also speak at the end.

Student protests have been sweeping Europe and have been held in Winchester in recent weeks, although the numbers were relatively small.

Winchester FoE decided to stage the event when one of the younger protesters, 12-year-old Bronwynn Swanson, told them: “Lots of kids, just like me, are concerned and worried about what our futures will be like. So many adults and people with power in this world aren’t doing enough to fight climate change. We need all adults, politicians and companies to work with us to protect our beautiful earth.”

Jemma Barter, coordinator for Winchester FoE, said: “We have chosen Easter Monday as it’s the last day of the holidays, so it allows students to march without taking time off from their studies.

“It’s also Earth Day, when people all over the world take action to show their concern for the environment.”

Cullayn Swanson, Bronwynn’s younger sister, said: “I’ll be marching on Earth Day to show how much I love our planet. Marching shows people that we care. If you care too, come and march with us.”

People who wish to join the march should meet outside Winchester Discovery Centre from 10.30am on Easter Monday.

More details can be found on the Winchester Friends of the Earth Facebook page.