More than one hundred George School community members joined the Global Climate Strike, focused on the climate crisis, on Friday, September 20, 2019.
“It is important to show that the health of our earth is prioritized, and to unite people on the issue that threatens all of us, and hopefully call more action to it,” said Phoebe Johnson ’20.
The Global Climate Strike took place just days before the start of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Those that participated are hoping that global leaders commit to fighting the climate crisis by implementing a municipal Green New Deal which would include 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, no new fossil fuel projects, and a just transition to a renewable economy.
“We need to make it clear that if we are not on 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, climate changes will be irreversible,” said Julia Carrigan ’20 who organized the George School strike.
Thousands of students from across the region joined in the Global Climate Strike in Philadelphia, which marched through City Hall. The movement originally began in August 2018 when sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg led a one-person protest. This year it expanded into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of individual events.
“It was an amazing experience that cannot be replicated,” said Lexie Osbourne ’20. “We were all able to come together and have our voices heard as one united group. This will be a memory I will always hold dear to me.”
“We made a statement, and hopefully inspired others to care more about climate change. The climate march was something that the students got George School to agree to do. It took our determination, persuasion, and organization to make the march possible. I want our march, and all marches around the world, to show those in power how important of an issue this is, and that we need to act now,” said Phoebe.