We, Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) are a group of young people under the age of 25 from Bristol and the surroundings areas who volunteer our time to demand radical climate action. We are the Bristol branch of the YouthStrike4Climate and Fridays For Future movements.
Since June 2020, we have been a fully independent organisation, no longer affiliated to the UK Student Climate Network. We are not part of Extinction Rebellion, Friends of the Earth or any other group, but we work collaboratively with others to achieve our aims. We are a non-party-political organisation and therefore do not support any particular party, but welcome the support given to us by parties.
We welcome people from across the political spectrum, as long as they support our aims, our values and act appropriately.
BYS4C organises climate strikes in Bristol city centre and campaigns for climate justice and that the government and council to take urgent and radical action to end the climate and ecological crisis. We have held 10 strikes so far, and have been part of the successful campaign to stop the expansion of Bristol Airport. Want to be a part of the movement? Join the next strike.
BYS4C was founded in February 2019, with the first strike happening on 15th February, the same as other climate strike groups across the UK. At our first strike, more than a thousand students assembled on College Green, calling for climate action. We held strikes in March and April, growing our numbers along the way.
In May 2019, we began our campaign against the expansion of Bristol Airport, holding strikes in May, June and July focusing on the issue. In February 2020, North Somerset Council voted to stop the expansion, under pressure from us and other groups.
On 20th September 2019, we took part in the first general climate strike, when adults and young people alike protested with us. 15,000 people joined us on College Green and marched through Bristol city centre that day, our largest turnout at that point.
We continued by holding strikes on 29th November 2019 and on 14th February 2020, again rallying thousands to our cause.
On 28th February 2020, only two weeks after our last strike, we were joined by Greta Thunberg and 30,000 students and adults in calling for climate action.
We are nowhere close to the end, we still have so much more to fight for. Join us at the next strike.