A STOURBRIDGE eco group is inviting parents, teachers and members of the public to take part in an early morning vigil on Friday September 20 when young campaigners across the world stage a global climate strike.

Transition Stourbridge is showing its support for the international day of action, calling for an end to the age of fossil fuels, and is inviting the community to join its vigil which will be held between 7am and 9am around Stourbridge ring road.

Catherine Maguire, a member of the environmental group, has written to the headteachers of all primary and secondary schools in Stourbridge - asking if they will mark the day in some way.

She has sent each school a copy of young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's book No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference' by Greta Thunberg in the hope it will inspire other young people to stand up for the climate and she said: “I have been really impressed by the young people who have organised the strikes so far.

"They have been articulate, knowledgeable and passionate about the need for radical action to avert catastrophic climate change.

“We adults have failed them; we have known about this problem for over 30 years but successive governments have done little or nothing to make the changes necessary. "These young people have looked at the science, they’ve looked at the world they are likely to inherit and have decided they must do something to force adults to act before irreversible and run away global heating threatens their future.”

She is asking individuals, families and local groups to attend with placards for however long they can manage on the morning of Friday September 20 to urge local and national decision-makers to take immediate action to tackle climate change.