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Students Unite Against Climate Change

Emily Ness
Updated: December 06, 2019 09:21 PM

As world leaders meet in Spain to talk about climate change, students here at home and around the country are also coming together to send their own message. In accordance with activist, Greta Thunberg and the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, students in Duluth coordinated and executed a strike on the steps of City Hall on Friday.

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“I just think it's really important that we get our voices heard and this is something that we need to educate other people on and just doing little stuff like this—getting out in the community, even if it's chilly. I think it's really cool to see people come together and we're really thankful for everybody that's going to come today,” Harper Glisczinski, organizer said.

Members of the community joined students and many shared their thoughts and feelings about the state of the planet.

“It's really cool to see other kids my age that are really passionate about it too because this isn't something that I've seen a lot of in the past years—seeing activists in Duluth in comparison to always getting coverage on sports and plays and stuff like that in Duluth. You get to see a whole new part of Duluth and I think that's really cool,” Glisczinski said.

According to organizers, the earth has eleven years before damage done to it is irreversible. Therefore, people need to act now.

“One of the biggest things you can do is try to go vegetarian—meat pollution is a really big stressor for climate change and cutting out as much meat as you can in your diet if it’s financially possible is super important. Another thing that we can do is stay educated on the forest fires that are happening so a couple months ago, there was a forest fire in the amazon and that emitted greenhouse gases which is trapping heat and causing global warming so it’s really important that we stay educated on that and realize what that’s doing to our planet,” Glisczinski said.

Following a number of speeches, students held an eleven minute moment of silence and then marched through the streets of Duluth. They hope that their presence will remind people to take climate change seriously.

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