Young people in the Bay Area are joining other youth all over the world in walking out of class Friday to demand action against climate change.
Hundreds of high schools and middle school students from across the region held colorful signs that read “Youth vs. Apocalypse” and “Green New Deal Now,” packing the streets of San Francisco as part of the worldwide Youth Climate Strike.
The walkout is all in an effort to demand legislative action to halt the human-made effects on climate change and advocate for other environmental issues. They hope to have their voices heard by lawmakers like Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who have offices in city.
Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo is one Bay Area lawmaker who joined kids rallying in Palo Alto. “What you are doing is part of an extraordinary American tradition, when people rise up and say this is not good and we need to do this,” she told a crowd of students.
The coordinated “school strikes,” were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.
Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, fueled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students’ lifetime.
Friday’s rallies were one of the biggest international actions yet. Protests were underway or planned in cities in more than 100 countries, including the United States, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Wellington, New Zealand, and Oulu, Finland.
NBC Bay Area’s Sam Brock and Jennifer Gonzalez contributed to this report.
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