Students to lead Seattle Climate Strike at Cal Anderson Park

Don’t worry about those kids cutting school and gathering in Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park Friday. They’re doing it for a good cause.

The park is set to host the Seattle Climate Strike, a student led demonstration part of a day of protests and walkouts planned across the country and around the planet Friday:

Seattle Climate Strike

Organizers here say they are fighting for “radical legislative action” and the Green New Deal:

We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. We are striking for the Green New Deal, for a fair and just transition to a 100% renewable economy, and for ending the creation of additional fossil fuel infrastructure. Additionally, we believe the climate crisis should be declared a national emergency because we are running out of time.

The full platform is available here. Sponsors include Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and a coalition of youth nonprofits and advocacy organizations.

Students from many area schools are participating in the strike but Seattle Public Schools hasn’t announced any details regarding possible excused absences.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, meanwhile, has made the environment and his efforts to address climate change through economic programs that encourage investment in industries like solar a centerpiece of his bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

 

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