Global climate strikes call for change

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Protests to combat global climate change took place across the planet Friday, Sept. 20 in an effort to bring attention to the ongoing crisis.

According to the Associated Press, more than 800 demonstrations were planed to take place in all 50 states of the U.S. and hundreds of other strikes were set to occur in hundreds of other countries.

Climate change has been backed up by scientific fact derived by countless amounts of research and some recent reports suggest that we’re approaching the point of no return.

Compiled reports from veritable social media networks describe an ongoing event that’s striking up huge conversations and bringing attention to the issue at hand.

Some have taken to combat the idea of these student based global revolts, stating that they should be “in school” where they belong.

Even though some have been oppositional to the planet wide events, others have taken to supporting the activists.

According to the Washington Post, the strikes come three days before world leaders are set to gather at the United Nations on Monday Sept. 23 for a climate summit. António Guterres, U.N. Secretary General, insisted that countries bring with them promises of real action.

Some of the proposed promises include vows to reach net zero emissions by 2050. These pledges will also repress fossil fuel allowances and call for an end to the construction of coal-fired power plants.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Albert Einstein

Color me red

Poem by Rikkia Walker
Fist clenched
Shaking in the air
Millions of people walking the streets
They won’t listen
So we will make them
The earth is dying
And we won’t sit back
We wear red
Because that is the color of war
Using out chants as ammunition
Deny all you want
But we will make you listen
The people are united
We share the same face
We are the people
The human race
Greta said it best
And we heard her cry
She asked if not you
Then who
If not now then when
One more question
There is to ask
What will you leave in your wake
Will it be a path of destruction and pain
Or will you stand tall and join us now
We are the people
And this is our house
And it is burning

Featured photo by Jason Sweers 

Zack Benz

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