By Published On: August 9th, 2022

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By Published On: August 9th, 2022


Climate activist Finlay Pringle doesn’t mince his words. Boris Johnson? “I hate him,” says the 14-year-old from Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands, before correcting himself. “OK, in polite terms, I severely disagree with him. He’s like the British version of Trump. When he speaks, he sounds like an Oompa-Loompa. Everything is just slogans.”

And his future? “I’m angry,” he says. “I’ve been cheated out of my future. People are dying from climate change. The Australian wildfires claimed lives. People in the Maldives will lose their homes.”

Pringle is furious, sometimes hilariously, matter-of-factly so. He is also one of the longest-running school strikers in the UK. At the time of writing, he has been striking for an hour every Friday morning for 164 weeks. The worst thing about striking, he says, isn’t standing in the winter snow or sleet, but the highland midges in summer. “I know they’re important for the ecosystem,” he says, “but, man, do I hate them. They’re awfulI get bitten loads.”


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