Lawrence students join worldwide chorus urging action on climate change

Published: Sep. 20, 2019 at 6:35 PM CDT
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Students and adults alike gathered in Lawrence Friday to voice their concerns about climate change.

Students held signs and chanted. They said they want to show youth care about the issue. They also want government officials to see their actions and take steps to address climate change.

Student Lyle Griggs said government can take steps like regulating fossils fuels and preserving existing environmental protection laws. He also explained why young people like him dedicated their time to the cause.

"My generation, more than anyone else, will face this, will experience this, and I have a visceral reaction to government inability to solve this problem and the pushback against the progress that has been made," Griggs said.

A similar event was organized on the Kansas State University campus after this one. They are both part of the globally coordinated youth climate strike inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.