Youth Climate Change Protesters March On State House

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A large group of climate change protesters marched from Copley Square through Boston's downtown Friday, ending with a rally in front of the State House.

Sam, a junior in high school and one of the organizers, told WBZ NewsRadio's Kevin Coleman he was proud of the large crowd coming together.

"Look at this, this looks amazing," he said. "This is so inspiring, and that's why we come back. That's why we came back after September 20, that's why we're gonna come back again, and we're gonna keep fighting."

Though many of the participants were students, Brian, who is 71, said he was there because he was inspired by the kids.

"I think a movement like this is maybe our only chance to really start changing things," he said.

Organizers of the rally welcomed Sen. Ed Markey, who said he was inspired by the youth activists.

"It's a young peoples' revolution saying 'solve this problem,' and so it is critical that all of these young people be here and leading, and that everyone listen to them so that we put the measures in place that can reduce the likelihood that we suffer catastrophic consequences in Massachusetts and across the planet," Sen. Markey said. "The young people are an army of activists arriving to lead this movement."

Students eventually worked their way inside the State House itself.

State Police said they were on scene, and that most of the hundreds of protesters were outside the building.

"Thus far, all reports indicate the protest has been peaceful," State Police Director of Media Communications Dave Procopio said in a statement.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kevin Coleman (@KevinColemanWBZ) reports

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