Student warriors march for climate justice
What: Climate Strike
When: 9 am Fri., Sep. 20
Where: Bellingham City Hall
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Inspired by youth activists like Greta Thunberg, the student school strike movement has grown rapidly around the world. Youth organizers are now calling on adults to join them as allies to address the urgency of the climate crisis. Labor movements, social justice organizations and faith communities are expected to join a series of events alongside student strikers.
On Fri., Sept. 20, youth around the Bellingham area will take to the streets to demand that the government and businesses stop practices that are harming the environment.
With more than 2,500 strikes planned globally and over 650 in the United States alone, the date is expected to be the largest-ever climate justice mobilization.
“There is just about a decade to stop the worst effects of global warming,” said Tanner Rapp, one of the leads of the youth movement. “Our future is on the line.”
“We will meet at Bellingham City Hall, where we will paint rocks and label them with messages to encourage people to live a more eco-friendly life and join our cause,” event lead Maren Werney said. “We’ll then have a rally with speakers and tables, before marching through downtown Bellingham” before returning to City Hall around 1pm.
“The main event features a performance by the Blackhawk singers—the youth choir group from Lummi Nation,” Rapp said. “We have quite a few youth speakers who will speak at the rally.
“We are joining hundreds of thousands of other young people, who are holding strikes across the nation, and the world, to demand change,” he said.
Strike protestors say political leaders around the world have failed to prioritize (and in some cases even acknowledge) climate change. Strike protestors demand major legislation to combat climate change on local and state levels in Washington, and the adoption of practices to shift the country to 100 percent clean, renewable and net-zero emission energy sources.
“We want to declare the climate crisis a national emergency—because that’s what it is,” Rapp said.
“I got involved because I have a friend in Seattle who is a state lead in a youth national movement. She reached out to me and asked if I would like to organize the strike in Bellingham,” he said.
“We’re expecting quite a big turnout.”
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