Local students to join global youth strike for climate -BBC


It appears that students in Seattle and other places around the state are going to take matters into their own hands, as so many of their parents appear to be ignoring the warning signs all around us. It’s past time to stop business as usual, and take this threat seriously, which our Governor and State legislature, among others are doing right this minute in Olympia.

Students in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Olympia plan to go on strike Friday to fight climate change, joining their peers in more than 100 countries. “It just seems like no one’s been taking this seriously when our futures are at stake,” Chelsea Li, a strike organizer and senior at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School, said. Thousands of students in Europe and Australia have been striking weekly to demand an end to fossil fuel use. It all began with a Swedish schoolgirl named Greta Thunberg, who started sitting in front of the Swedish parliament building last summer. She has since accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, given speeches to world leaders and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. John Ryan reports. (KUOW) See also: Global warming: Children’s climate strike spreads worldwide  (BBC)

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