The children do not go around. Today, in 100 countries and across the US, thousands and thousands of children jumped to school and took to the streets with a message for the adults: Save the world you've broken.
The strike was one of the biggest protests against climate change getting organized. The organizers were children, inspired by Swedish climate activist and adolescent Greta Thunberg, and were led by three young women in the US: 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor from New York City, 16-year-old Minnesota Isra Hirsi and 12-year haven Coleman of Denver, Colorado. These are the children who inherit a scorched earth. They want a world that does not eat them alive, does not cook their oceans and destroys their crops. They want a future. If they miss the lessons for adults to listen to, they will.
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The San Francisco strike was signed by another member of Youth Vs. Apocalypse, the 15-year-old high school graduate Nadja Goldberg, organizes. She and her team had to pin the protest planning into their already full school schedule. I went to sleep for a few nights, and right now it feels like climate activism is my main goal, and school is the hurdle to deal with it, "she says [19659003DuringthenightlyvideoconferencingGoldbergandherfriendsscheduledtheeventAsthelastdetailshecalledPelosisofficetoletherstaffknowtheywerechantingoutsideherofficeandwarnedthepolicethatshewasnotontheWalkinginthetraditionofpeacefulcitizenactioninSanFranciscotheyattendedtrainingsessionsonhowtodealwiththeworst-casescenariocollectingthenumbersforlawyersincasethingsgetoutofhand
But they With high-altitude signs, Goldberg and her fellow students took over San Francisco's main street, Market Street, and went drumming and Si "Go slow, go safe, go powerful," yelled the 15-year-old Hannah in front of the crowd in a microphone. The police arrived, but only to protect the children. Adult advocates looked at the sidelines – teachers came with their fourth grade students, parents accompanied their children, who were too young to use public transport alone. Members of the non-profit climate activist group Sunrise Movement wore yellow vests, helped with direct traffic and watched the students, but did not take the lead.
During strikes in the US and around the world, adults stopped saying, "Do not talk." What they heard from the children was the repeated warning that climate change can not be reversed until 2030. Early Friday, before the strike broke out in New York City, organizer Villasenor turned to the UN and told assembled world leaders: "Today you hear from children all over the world as we strive for our future. We tell you we're locked up, and it's time to turn off the stove and save us all. "
In New York, a 9-year-old Zayne who, despite his small size, came to her was one of the loudest voices for change. "Climate change is a thing adults have to do to fix it," he said. Zayne is constantly worried that he might die in the next 20 or 30 years. "I could be killed in a tornado or something. It's getting so hot. I could be killed in a flood, a tornado or a tsunami. I keep thinking about it.
This concern has led Zayne to the stages of City Hall in New York on Friday afternoons since December; Today is his 13th strike. This time he was far from being alone. Hundreds of people joined him. At lunchtime some students even ordered a pizza in the middle of protest. The pizza-maker with only two boxes tried to find the children who had ordered him. Far more pizza boxes were needed to feed everyone.
During the day, 16-year-old Thunberg, who launched the movement, stepped up strikes around the world on their social media feeds . From Croatia to Canada, Chile to Bangladesh and to the southern tip of Africa, the youths followed their leadership in more than 2,000 individual strikes .
In Austin, approximately 70 to 80 people gathered on a sloping hill on the southwest corner of the Texas Capitol property. The demonstrators, a mix of students, adults and various activists, plunged into a cold front that had been blown in earlier, holding homemade signs saying "There is no planet B" and "The climate is changing, why not?" we?
An organizer passed a megaphone to people who wanted to speak and asked about a dozen students to share their stories, their speeches filled with frustration, fear and passion, an intoxicating blend known to everyone, who was a teenager, or, as a student from Westlake High School named Kate aptly put it, "As a teenager, it feels like the world is falling apart somehow. But that does not mean it's really necessary. "
The enormity of a problem as big and deep-rooted as climate change was not lost to the students." I remember that adults told us we were the generation that One should fix [the climate change problem]"said Kate," But what should we do? "
Another disappointed lawmakers in their government offices, which were only a few hundred yards away." We're here because we're scared, " said 16-year-old Sasha, a student from Headwaters School in downtown Austin, "But we're also here because we've been gifted with a righteous fury." Her voice swelled as she continued, "We were told we're too young to change anything, "Sasha said." We're here to tell our legislators that we're not going to be exposed to the gas flame anymore. "
A primary student named Henry asked to speak and admitted that he does not have any Some comments had: "I'm barely in fifth grade, but if I'm to come here and tell people to change, we've got a rather confused economy.
In San Francisco, a woman with gray hair was standing and watching the students marching down Market Street, she was crying, "Thank God for her," she said, telling WIRED that they did not share her name They wanted to save us. "
" We are the ones who will experience the worst, "said 14-year-old Drake, an eighth grader from Marin County, in New York California – He and four friends were on the bus to attend the protest rally in San Francisco. "The adults will not see that, so we have to comment." When he and his friends waited for the march to begin, they left worried about their essay due next week, and texting their parents to let them know they were alright.
Safety is what the kids want the most over the long term They understand the challenges of the Kli mawandels and want the adults in power to hear them when they demand a better world. It may have been 10-year-old Beckham, who came to protest in San Francisco with his mother, who put it best: "Just because we are children does not mean that we have childlike opinions."
Additional coverage by Kam Burns in New York.