On Friday, September 20
Published : Monday, September 16, 2019 | 4:20 PM
On Friday, September 20, three days before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, high school students from Sequoyah School will participate in a climate strike and die-in. Led by a student committee, students will march from Sequoyah’s high school campus at 301 N. Orange Blvd. to Pasadena City Hall starting at 11 AM. They will remain at City Hall for an hour to participate in a public die-in, a form of protest where activists will simulate the act of being dead. Sequoyah students will be striking alongside other members of the public to demand a Green New Deal, respect of indigenous land, environmental justice, protection of biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and more.
“Climate change is the biggest threat we will likely face during our lives, and with only a few years (or even months) to act, we must treat it as an emergency and combat it in every way we can,” said Ozzy Simpson, Co-President of Sequoyah’s student council and one of the students leading the Pasadena Climate Strike. “With more disastrous weather events, rising sea levels, and changing landscapes, we need to make significant changes to save this planet, and quickly.”
In the morning leading up to the strike, students at Sequoyah’s high school campus will also participate in workshops and discussions led by high school students and faculty. Discussions will focus on the causes of climate change, why people deny climate change, and how to combat climate change as individuals, among other topics.
“Climate change is a frightening, imminent reality which we are all facing, and as students, even global citizens, it is imperative that we stand together and fight for the future we want to see,” said Julian Suh-Toma, who serves with Simpson as Co-President of Sequoyah’s student council.
The Climate Strike on September 20 is part of a growing movement of youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, that are coming together as a unified front to demand the change needed to protect the future of the planet. Nationally coordinated by Future Coalition, this effort includes youth organizations such as Earth Uprising, Fridays for Future USA, Extinction Rebellion-Youth, the Sunrise Movement, US Youth Climate Strike, Zero Hour, Earth Guardians and International Indigenous Youth Council. The Youth Climate Strike Coalition is steering the national campaign, with the active support, participation, and collaboration from an Adult Climate Strike Coalition, which includes leading national progressive organizations such as 350.org, Greenpeace, SEIU and March On.
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