High school and college students across the Central Coast walked out of class Friday in what they’re calling a “Strike for the Future.”
The demonstration outside the San Luis Obispo County Government Center was about 70 strong. The participants held signs and chanted about climate change and renewable energy.
Happening now outside the SLO County courthouse: students rally against climate change and demand Earth-first policies. Some tell me they may miss out on class assignments but say it’s worth it to defend the environment. pic.twitter.com/nlxZFSZGqm
— Aja Goare (@ajagoare) March 15, 2019
It’s part of a global protest event organized by #FridaysForFuture in Europe and Youth Climate Strike in the United States.
Students want action on the Green New Deal and legislative action to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, among other demands. They’re also demanding local action, including stopping the All American Plains Pipeline proposal and Cat Canyon oil wells.
Organizers say #FridaysForFuture was sparked in August of 2018 when a Swedish high school student left class and sat outside the parliament building to protest climate inaction.