You’re never too young to make a difference
“The more people getting together to cry in one voice that this is a problem and it needs to change, and something needs to be done about it now, the better.”
Friday marks the start of a weekly youth-led climate strike in Downtown Bend.
Their mission? To raise awareness through protest and call for government action to combat climate change…at the local, state and national level.
The local rally is part of a global protest that stretched from Australia to South America. Thousands of students walked out of class in Portland to join the movement.
“We’re getting dangerously close to getting to a point where climate change is causing these fires, lack of snow, and awful seasonal changes that are hard to reverse,” said Freddy Finney-Jordet, one of the event organizers. “It’s about stopping it where it is, then we can focus on making it better.”
Led by the Oregon Youth Climate Strike, hundreds of teens will be taking over the corner of Newport Avenue and Wall Street.
An area Freddy believes will make the biggest local impact.
“It’s important to have our strike in that downtown area where it’s almost impossible to not see it,” Finney-Jordet said. “That’s really the point of demonstrations like these, is to make the problem impossible to ignore.”
Locally, protesters want the city to implement changes that were included in the Community Climate Action Plan.
Nationally, the Oregon Youth Climate Strike wants the Green New Deal to be passed and have climate change be declared as a national emergency.
“It’s really about driving that message home and getting it into people’s heads so that they’re more motivated to fix it,” Finney-Jordet said.