Students across the country walked out of school and into the streets today to demand that the adults running the government start fighting back against climate change. The strikers joined a worldwide movement of young activists who are fighting for a future on a habitable Earth. The catalyst of the strikes is 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a student in Sweden whose climate protests in lieu of classes just earned her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Haven Coleman, a 12 – almost 13 – year-old from Colorado brought Thunberg’s movement to the US. She co-founded the US Youth Climate Strike along with 13-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor and 16-year-old Isra Hirsi. They’ve orchestrated the network of strikes expected across the country today, and The Verge will be following along in New York City and San Francisco. In New York City, events were planned throughout the city and throughout the day. Students at the Bronx High School of Science walked out of school at 9:30 AM, holding brightly colored handmade signs and megaphones. At noon, students from schools across the city converged on City Hall chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, climate change has got to go.” A rally is also planned at Columbus Circle at 2 PM local time. “Climate change isn’t something you can fix from one day to another. It takes time. And we have very little time to fix everything.” 14-year-old Melanie Gomez said outside of City Hall. Strikers like Gomez are pushing for tangible action, like the adoption of… [Read full story]
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