The climate strikes, we strike back!

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The climate strikes, we strike back!

Nadine Haddad, Director of Social Media

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On March 15, Downtown Atlanta filled with people for the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, recognizing young activists who strive to save their planet from climate change. Every Georgia student (including those from Milton) who chose to attend that Friday afternoon met at the Georgia Capitol, speaking up for their beliefs regarding the dangers of climate change and the obligation for our nation’s leaders to take action.

Kendall Greene, a junior at The Lovett School catalyzed the students of Georgia to get involved in this national movement. She was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish activist motivated to stop global warming and climate change.

Greene explains that Thunberg “show[s] young people around the world the impact that [they] can have in creating the climate justice that we so deeply need and crave.” Greene reveals that her overall goal in leading the movement in Georgia was to collaborate with young people that are passionate about this cause.

During the peaceful strike, members created and held signs, chanting in front of the Capitol. Jo Pennington, junior at Milton, attended the event and contributed to a canvas filled with illustrations that answer the question, “What will climate change steal from you?” She explains that she demonstrated “[her] family, [her] future, [her] dreams, nature” on the canvas and even “chanted on the steps of the capitol building.” Pennington also held a speech about the influence of the work she and the organizers put into the climate strike. She suggests that the strike was worth being a part of because it “gave [her] time to cause a little bit of good,” especially after speaking up for what she believes in.

Greene emphasizes the value of “disrupt[ing] social order” when it comes to getting your voice heard. She explains that the climate strike was successful in doing so since it allowed young people to be “part of a movement much bigger than [them]selves.” And when it comes to the future, Greene explains, the country’s leaders need to be aware of the mindsets of the people “whose lives will be impacted” in ways that will influence who they vote in or out of office.

The next national U.S. Youth Climate Strike occurs on May 3, held in Washington, D.C. Greene explains that she and her team’s “next moves are connected to working with the city and their sustainability initiatives.” For more information, feel free to visit the website https://www.youthclimatestrikeus.org or @climatestrikega on Instagram.

In photo: Jo Pennington