Young people have taken to the streets of Bideford and Barnstaple exactly a year on from the first Youth Strike 4 Climate events.

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

At Bideford Quay were Kate Nicholson, who led the way with protests in the town last year, plus secondary school pupils and pupils and staff from the Northam Federation of St Margaret's and St George's Schools.

In Barnstaple young strikers were joined by members of the North Devon Green Party and local Extinction Rebellion activists.

Their aim continues to be to protest 'government inaction' over climate change and to highlight the urgent ecological crisis they say is facing the planet.

Petroc college student Harvey Hennessy, aged 16, is on of the co-ordinators for the Fridays for Future event held in Barnstaple, which saw strikers make their way right through the town.

Bideford College student Kate Nicholson, aged 14, was the driving force behind the first protests held in the town last year. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford College student Kate Nicholson, aged 14, was the driving force behind the first protests held in the town last year. Picture: Graham Hobbs

He said: "We are going to be striking every month to show that we care and that action should be taken as soon as possible."

He said 'some schools have supported us but most have not', adding that several schools were not letting students out to attend the climate strikes.

In Bideford, Jim Williams, executive headteacher of the Northam Federation, said the school was supporting the event because an increasing number of children had been expressing a desire to have their voice heard on climate issues.

Mr Williams said: "The Bideford Youth Strike4Climate represents an opportunity for the children to express their views on how those people in positions of power need to take decisive action in addressing environmental issues."

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Kate Nicholson was instrumental in starting the first Bideford strike. Her mum Vikki had arranged for her to go to London to attend the first Youth Strike, but Kate was keen to put Bideford on the protest map as well and together they found out how to organise a local event.

On Friday, March 13 there is a Global Strike with events taking place around the country, including Bideford and Barnstaple. In Bideford it will be at the Quay at 11.15am.

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Young climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsYoung climate strikers in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Young people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinYoung people taking part in the Fridays for Future climate strike in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin