Global Climate Strike Takes to The World's Streets
Sparkt covered the Pittsburgh strike to find out why people young and old believe they're making difference.
What happens when students, young people and adults take to the streets by the millions to march about an issue they're passionate about? Here's what they hope will happen: the world's leaders will take notice and focus their attention on climate change.
The so-called Global Climate Strike started this morning in Australia, then spread across the globe, with marchers hitting the streets in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. Many students (like the girls in Delhi, India, pictured above) are skipping class to take part.
In the United States, the largest crowds were expected in big cities, like New York (above), but large groups of people shut down streets in smaller towns and medium sized cities like Pittsburgh.
THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE IN PITTSBURGH
A group of several hundred young people and seasoned protesters gathered for a Peace March from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh, marching to Pittsburgh's City-County Building. Sparkt's Kelly Arbogast followed along and talked to some of them:
18-year old Leandra Mira is one of the Pittsburgh strike organizers. She's been leading Fridays for Future , a sit-in on the steps of the City-County building from noon-4 every Friday for the past 17 weeks. "I'm going to strike for 17 weeks after this, and 17 weeks after that," she said. "I'm going to strike until Pennsylvania declares a climate emergency. I'm going to strike until I live in a Pittsburgh where people don't have to worry about lead in their water and carcinogens in their air."
"It's because of all of you that change is going to happen."
University of Pittsburgh student Maria Veiga said she skipped her biology exam to come to the rally. "A degree doesn't matter when the world's on fire," she told the cheering crowd.
Paul Kim, a senior at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School told the crowd: "We've shut these streets down. This is exactly what we need to fight the climate crisis. A mass mobilization of people willing to fight back."
"Strikers" came in all ages, genders and races, including 5-year Malachai Brown, whose mother brought him to the rally to make an impassioned plea:
Pittsburgh strikers planned to march through the downtown, including past the headquarters of regional natural gas producer EQT and other Pittsburgh-based corporations who they want to join the climate fight.
You can watch the entire live stream of the rally at our Facebook page, by clicking here.