Hundreds of young Angelenos will participate in a Global Climate Strike on Friday, joining others around the world in taking action against climate inaction.
The organizing group, Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles, expects over 500 people to gather outside L.A. City Hall at noon to protest the lack of action in addressing the climate crisis and saving lives.
Inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who initiated protests at the Swedish parliament by skipping school, the first Global Climate Strike took place in September 2019.
This movement has since been led by youth leaders worldwide, including in Los Angeles.
“We are striking to exert pressure on our elected officials to take immediate action on the climate crisis. Our goal is to raise awareness among the people of this city, confront the climate crisis directly, and reduce our reliance on oil,” stated Youth Strike L.A. in a public document.
The group aims to form alliances with other social movements in Los Angeles, support young climate leaders, and mobilize the city to prioritize climate action.
The march will commence at 1:45 p.m., and the group will lead four teams to rally outside City Hall, L.A. County, L.A. Department of Water and Power, and the headquarters of Los Angeles Unified School District.
Youth Climate Strike L.A. has presented a list of demands to local, state, and federal governments, as well as LADWP and LAUSD. These demands include declaring a climate emergency, intensifying efforts to end oil drilling, expanding tree planting initiatives, greening schools, improving public transportation, and constructing affordable, climate-friendly housing.
According to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, this summer witnessed the highest global temperatures since records began in 1880.
“The record-breaking temperatures in the summer of 2023 are not merely numbers; they have substantial real-world consequences. From scorching temperatures in Arizona to wildfires in Canada, and extreme flooding in Europe and Asia, extreme weather events are jeopardizing lives and livelihoods worldwide,” stated NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
Gavin Schmidt, climate scientist and director of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, added, “Climate change is an undeniable reality.”
“The predictions we made are becoming a reality, and the situation will worsen if we continue releasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” Schmidt emphasized.
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