STROUD is going on strike this week in a peaceful protest against climate change.
Young activists who have been taking part in school strikes over the climate crisis will be joined by adults when they walk out on Friday.
Schoolchildren, business owners and residents will be joining forces to draw attention to the environment and call for the government to act.
Stroud’s protesters join citizens in towns and cities in more than 150 countries holding strikes at the same time, inspired and supported by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.
It is part of a global mass day of action, taking place just three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York.
Greta Thunberg said: “This is not a single-generation job.
“We’re asking adults to step up alongside us.
“Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.”
The Five Valleys march, led by a marching band, a choir and the Boss Morris morris-dancing troupe, will be setting off from the Anti Slavery Arch in Paganhill at 11am.
Twenty five Stroud companies, including Ecotricity, Stroud Brewery, Sound Records, Strangeness & Charm Vintage, Loose Plastic Free Shop, Moonflower and Darbyshire Framemakers, will be participating in the protest.
Forest Green Rovers will also be taking part on the day.
A spokesperson for the event Rebecca Tomlinson of Strangeness and Charm Vintage said: “We’re inviting as many businesses and Stroud people from all walks of life to join us, we want to show the Government that we want action on climate change, not just talk.
“Come along on the day and be part of the solution.”
Greg Pilley, managing director of Stroud Brewery said: “We need support from government, we need to work together as businesses, and crucially we as consumers need to support those businesses that are making strides to do the right thing.”