STUDENTS are preparing to skip school and strike for the climate tomorrow.

Youth Strike for Brighton will take to the streets for the fourth time this year as youngsters strike for more action on climate change.

Organiser Yasmin O’Mahoney said this month’s demonstration would focus on the fashion industry and its effect on the climate.

She said the Government had responded well to previous strikes by declaring a climate emergency – but says there was “still a long way to go” for the movement.

The 17-year-old said: “We want the national curriculum changed so the proper severity of the climate crisis will be taught.

“We also want the voting age lowered to 16 because we deserve to have a say.

“The fact we have to act like adults to make our voices heard shows we are old enough to vote and make these decisions.”

Tomorrow’s protesters will gather in Churchill Square at 11am, though their route is unknown.

It is unclear how many will attend, but it is thought almost 1,000 students and school pupils could protest.

Ms O’Mahoney said: “People have finally started to realise that it’s important. Some people still need to be educated, but that’s what our movement is all about.

“We want to educate people about this crisis, because schools aren’t.

“For young people we have always seen this crisis and feared it.

“It’s our future. But for a long time the Government and some older people haven’t thought about it in this way and have contributed to it.

“We need to cut our carbon emissions. If the climate raises by 2C then our planet will change irreversibly.”

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, will support tomorrow’s strike.

She said the protesters have put climate change “at the top of the political agenda”.

Ms Lucas said: “These young people have raised political and public consciousness across the country and I’m proud to be addressing them in Brighton.

“Ecological breakdown is not some distant problem. These young people will live their lives in its shadow.

“The Government has, rightly, declared a climate emergency. But that’s just the first step. We need a major investment in renewable energy.

“We can do this. We must do this, and I hope young people ensure we do this.”