The youth-led climate strike in NYC on Friday September 20th was huge, inspiring, urgent and determined. Many of our faith based colleagues from the UN community were there, amidst the crowd of mostly young people.
Over and over the message was the climate is changing and so must we. The rally at Battery Park featured a great set of youth speakers, including Greta Thunberg. Indigenous leaders spoke last, and instead of closing the event, called for opening: opening doors, opening into a future of collaboration, of respect, of change and of great potential.
This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future. Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC
As many as 4 million people around the world took to the streets Friday in the largest day of action focused on the climate crisis. Students across the globe led climate strikes in hundreds of countries, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The demonstration kicked off in Foley Square, where tens of thousands of people gathered before the march. Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, and climate activist Vic Barrett were among the handful of activists who addressed the climate strikers in Foley Square.
Photos by Grove Harris