BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Several hundred Boston students took part in a global school walkout Friday to protest global warming.
Part of Beacon Street was shut down in front of the State House, as so many students showed up, they were spilling onto the street—chanting “climage change has got to go.”
The students, ranging from elementary school to college age, are demanding lawmakers in Congress pass the Green New Deal. Locally, they want to see a Massachusetts Green New Deal.
Somerville High School junior Amalia is one of the organizers.
“Young people are not going to sit by while our futures get ruined,” she told WBZ NewsRadio’s Shari Small. “We have to do this right now—so especially Massachusetts, we want to show our legislators that the people that elect them, the people who will be voting in the future, really care about climate change. This is a major issue for us.”
Arlington High School junior Griffin also helped organize this state house rally.
“The general motto of the climate strike is, ‘How can you even be thinking about school when we have this impending crisis?’,” he said. “The next step will be following up with our legislators. There will be continued pressure from their constituents, and I think there is another strike in the works down the road.”
The walkouts took place in more than 100 countries. Other local rallies were held across the state.
Following the rally, students attended a State House town hall for a Q&A session with a panel of lawmakers.
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports