Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Students to join worldwide climate change protests

Students to join worldwide climate change protests

Omar's daughter, Isra Hirsi, 16, of Minneapolis, is spearheading the nationwide youth climate strike protests across the almost 50 states and Washington, DC., along with co-organizers Alexandria Villasenor, 13, of NY, and Haven Coleman, 12, of Denver. There are eight such strikes planned in Washington - two in Seattle. Organizers do not expect all students to be able to travel for the strike, so they will be live streaming it.

"When I saw there wasn't an event going on in Albany, I figured I had to do it", Din said in an interview Tuesday. After Friday, some students plan to continue skipping school on Fridays until political leaders take action. "It not only makes people aware, and makes people talk about it more, but also to show the people in power that this is the most important thing there is".

They accuse the government of not doing enough to stop global warming, and they are taking the day off school to show how anxious they are about their future.

"We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change", said the platform posted online. "Our organization team is very dedicated to this subject and so these strikes will likely be made up of mainly us, but we welcome any and all students who wish to participate".

Over the past half year, Thunberg has been taking world leaders to task over climate inaction with blunt, fiery speeches.

The students want action to move the country off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy.

"We need to listen to the wisdom of our kids!" she added. "With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people".

The movement started last August, when a 15-year-old girl in Sweden named Greta Thunberg began refusing to go to school and instead demonstrated in front of Sweden's parliament to call attention to climate change after Sweden experienced its hottest summer on record, according to The Guardian.

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