Uckfield teenagers were among hundreds marching in Brighton on Friday in a strike against climate change.
They carried placards through the city and listened to speeches calling for immediate action to address a growing ecological crisis.
One of the teenagers said they were in a group of more than ten from Uckfield and kids as young as seven were in the crowds.
Speaking from Brighton the teenager said: “There is a feeling in the air that we need to get something done about this. If we don’t do something my children and grandchildren will grow up in a world where natural disasters are extremely common and millions of species will have gone.
“My parents are extremely supportive of what I am doing. This is the first time I have been able to take action and now I have been here I am really inspired to go on and do more to protest.”
Another Uckfield teenager said: “I think that the point of striking is to get the message to the Government that we are willing to go to extreme measures, like missing school, to change this.”
That teenager’s mother said she was very supportive of the action and as a family they tried to do other things to help the planet such as reducing their use of single-use plastics.
“As a family we are really passionate about reducing waste. I really think there needs to be more awareness. I have just been to Tesco and there are still plastic bags. I don’t use them – I have bought reusable bags to put my groceries in.”
The Brighton protest was organised by University of Sussex students as part of the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement.