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San Luis Obispo environmental organizations join force for a countywide climate strike

The strike took place outside the county courthouse
Demonstrators call for change at climate strike
Posted at 12:12 PM, Sep 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 15:12:40-04

A combination of environmental organizations in San Luis Obispo joined forces Friday evening for a countywide climate strike.

The strike took place outside the courthouse on Monterey Street.

Participants asked the County Board of Supervisors to take the "No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge" which means not accepting any contributions over $200 from the oil industry.

Activists called for communities to make their own energy choices and they also want the state to get involved by shifting from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy.

Environmental activist Charles Varni believes there are a magnitude of ways the San Luis Obispo community can join the fight against climate change.

"There are all other kinds of things the county can do in terms of new policies and regulations around electrification of new homes to get rid of natural gas which is a major contributor to global warming from buildings," Varni said.

Organizers like Carmen Bouquin of the Sunrise Movement say they're more hopeful now than ever that the next generations will be conscious of the dangers surrounding climate change.

"This is a call to action for our leaders now because if we do not act now then we are going to be in a state that we can't reverse," Bouquin said.