THE climate crisis is one of the biggest threats to our human rights - it compounds and magnifies existing inequalities, and unless we do something about it, today’s children will grow up to see its increasingly frightening effects.

On September 20, hundreds of thousands of children will take part in a global climate strike, and they’ve asked adults to join them.

It has been humbling and inspiring to see the determination with which youth activists across the world have been challenging us all to confront the realities of the climate crisis.

These children and young people are speaking up for what they believe in and care about – and it’s time for the world to listen and act.

These are not the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today.

That is why Amnesty International UK is standing in support of all the children and young people who are organising and taking part in school strikes for climate action. They have proved that they are leaders, and now it’s time for all of us to follow their lead.

Peter Sagar, Heaton, Newcastle