Global Climate Strike

Libby Johnson, Leopard Life Staff Writer

This past Sept. 20, millions of kids across the world gathered together to protest one issue: ignorance towards climate change.

National Geographic states, “carbon dioxide warms the planet, and we’ve increased the amount in the air by nearly half, mostly since the 1960s.” 

The climate crisis, or global warming, is caused by escalating pollution. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are mainly produced by the harmful emissions of fossil fuels. The effects of climate change are all but positive. Climate change depletes our natural resources and energy sources and negatively impacts human health.

“I think it’s so crazy how everyone knows about climate change, and they’re just willing to sit there and do nothing. Especially in the White House, they don’t even qualify our environment as urgent,” said Apia Okorafor, 7.

The protesters, especially one named Greta Thunberg, had an opinion similar to Apia’s.  Thunberg, a Swedish teenager, was responsible for organizing and leading several marches. Over 8 million school-aged voices were part of the protests against ignorance towards climate change. They were working to make their voices heard in order to make our earth a better place.

“We are striking because we have done our homework, and they (political leaders) have not,” said Thunberg.

Because young protesters were willing to take a stand, the world was changed for the better.