Student organizers striking for political leaders to combat climate change in front of the US Capitol as part of international protests today.
With hand-painted signs reading "denial is not a policy," and " fight now or swim l8r ," the youth as young as 12 years old demanded adults start cutting the heat-trapping pollutants from cars and power plants that they say threaten their future.
" It's time to list the young people and pays attention to what we're asking for ," said Maddy Fernands, the 1
Some speakers stood on a plastic riser to reach the microphones on the podium.
Isra Harsi, a 16-year-old from Minneapolis and daughter of Democratic US Representative Ilhan Omar, said she was concerned about global warming after controversy about gas pipelines being built in her home state. She said she was hoping to raise attention from adults to thousands of students.
More than a hundred students marched across Congress "lawn chanting" What do we want? Climate action. When do we want it? Now. ”
The students have demanded" radical legislation to combat climate change on local, state, and national levels, "adoption of" the Green New deal to shift our country to 100% clean, renewable, and non-zero emission energy sources through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers, ”and to“ declare the climate crisis a national emergency. ”