HUNDREDS of pupils from across Oxfordshire walked out of classes to demand climate action earlier today.

It was the fourth 'student strike' to come to Oxford's Bonn Square in as many months, and coincided with a global day of action - which organisers claimed involved more than a million people across at least 100 countries.

Oxford Mail:

In now familiar scenes in the city centre, school students gathered near Westgate to listen to speeches, chant slogans, display placards and march around Oxford.

Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, youngsters first went on 'school strike' in Oxford in February, and have gathered once a month since, including on one occasion during the Easter holidays.

Oxford Mail:

Demonstrators had the backing of an Oxford 'Parents for Future' group and Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran, who said she 'continued to support students striking', having previously suggested they should not have to strike more than once.

Magdalen College School pupil Pip Warwick, 13, said: "I am here to try to say that we need to do something to try to stop climate change.

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"If people think that teaching us about maths and teaching us about where places are - I think that is kind of useless seeing as there aren’t going to be many places left after climate change is done."

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He continued: "There’s been a few speeches of how we need to change our ways instead of making the world worse we need to make it better."

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Emma 'EJ' Fawcett, an organiser from Oxford Youth Climate Action, added: "We shouldn't have to strike, the government should have already acted.

"We don't want to be the last generation."

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The strikes have proved divisive among the Oxford community, with one head teacher claiming pupils bunked off without attending the demonstration at the first event.