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Students strike for climate action

Hundreds of Bay Area students walked out of school and on to the streets Friday morning to demand urgent action on climate change.

San Francisco’s Market Street was filled with hundreds of middle and high school students marching as part of the global Youth Climate Strike, calling for politicians to take immediate measures to stave off climate change.

“We need action before it’s too late, and it’s almost too late,” said Jazea Smith, an 11th-grade student at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco.

The students rallied in front of the San Francisco offices of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, calling on both to support the Green New Deal introduced by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-NY.

Feinstein drew attention in a viral video last month where she was seen rejecting a group of youth activists who demanded support of the bill.

“The politics and economics and everything else that’s going on right now – there’s no point if our Earth is warming at such accelerated rates that we’ve never seen before,” said Smith.

 
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Student protesters bang on objects outside the Federal Building on 7th St. in the youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)




All photos by Ellie Doyen/Special to the S.F. Examiner