The protest – Matlock's first school strike for the climate – was organised independently by students from Highfields School.
“We want Derbyshire County Council and Matlock Town Council to follow the lead of dozens of councils across the UK – including Wirksworth Town Council – in declaring a climate emergency. They also need to reduce local carbon emissions rapidly, with the aim of becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible,” said Izzy Bunting, 18.
The latest global school strikes followed previous strikes in February and March that have involved over a million young people.
The demonstrations come in the wake of a UN report last year, which warned that limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels requires unprecedented action – and that temperature rises above this threshold would be catastrophic. To avoid this, global carbon emissions must be halved within 12 years.
At an international meeting last week, broadcaster Sir David Attenborough said that humans have at most 20 years to prevent the complete destruction of the environment.