STUDENTS from across Herefordshire have vowed to continue their climate protest.

Following in the footsteps of Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who shot into the public eye following her solitary protest against climate change outside the Swedish parliament building last year, the students will join a global strike on March 15.

Herefordshire school strike organisers said the protest, which will be the third school strike in Herefordshire, is aimed at showing support for Herefordshire Council's decision to commit to reducing the county's carbon footprint last week.

But, they say, they also hope to remind the council of the need for urgent and thorough implementation to achieve zero emissions by 2030.

"History was being made in Hereford that morning," said 17-year-old Hereford Sixth Form Student Anoushka Noller.

"I feared the council would brush the crisis under the carpet again but, after much suspense, hearing the council unanimously declare a climate emergency was prodigious.

"However, to stick to their word, drastic action on carbon emissions is required to combat climate change."

Meeting at 11am at Hereford's Cathedral Close, students will call on the council to ensure low carbon, cheap, healthy and efficient transport for Herefordshire.

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