Denver climate strike draws more than 7,500 people, organizers say

Clay Curtis
September 21, 2019

Organizations such as the International Indigenous Youth Council, state senator Robert Peters of the 13th Senate District and Kina Collins, an activist and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Illinois' 7th District, all gave speeches to the crowds of protesters.

Millions of people are protesting across the world in what could turn out to be the biggest climate demonstration in history.

The Strike is timed to coincide with some big global events: the UN Climate Summit in NY on 23 September, and the IPCC Oceans and Cryosphere Report, due on 25 September.

Inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg's protests outside the Swedish parliament, young people around the world are waging a week of Global Climate Strikes surrounding the UN's Climate Action Summit on September 23.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg first staged a "School Strike for Climate" outside her national parliament in August past year.

Events also were held in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.

Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. "We will hold you accountable", she said.

"I hope governments around the world who are failing to take action hear the voices of millions of people, young and old, unified in their call for action to save our planet". In Oregon Portland Public Schools is doing the same.

Kids of all ages missed a day of school to attend the strike. Nicholas DuVernay, 17, organized a protest in his politically-conservative small town of La Grande, Ore.

A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll this week shows a majority of teenagers believe human-caused climate change will cause harm to them.

The 9/20 has proved to be even mightier than the 9/11 in present context when the impact of global warming has proved to be equally disturbing as terrorism had left behind 18 years ago.

This was the third time the group hosted events in Richmond this year. But this time students are asking adults to join them.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno, Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, 36, is setting up an event on campus where she's an employee and student.

Sixteen-year-old Thunberg met with Congress just days before strikes took place worldwide and submitted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special report on global warming, which cited a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, CNN reported.

Students are speaking out against fossil fuels, such as the Zenith Energy project in Portland.

She said she does not yet know how or when she will return to Europe. "I am not a part of Generation Z".

"I can understand slow progress, but not going backward and disrespecting science", he said.

Founder of Fridays For Future Greta Thunberg speaks to a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill on Friday.

"The stark reality is that our climate is changing rapidly and we are running out of time to address it".

We're not through. More actions are coming this week.

Graves agrees with President Trump on the need to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

He said: "The rest of us now need to step up and stand with the children demanding radical, systemic change, before it's too late". "Paris and its related pledges would undermine US competitiveness", his spokesman said.

"It's children that have to lead the fight now", climate activist David Suzuki said.

Britons joining the climate strikes can expect a day of unseasonably warm weather on Friday as they call on businesses and politicians to cut emissions. More than 2000 scientists around the world have pledged to join. Some companies also have signed on, including Patagonia and Seventh Generation.

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