Forest Grove, Pacific students walk out in Youth Climate Strike
Students marched out of classrooms across the globe Friday morning, March 15, in protest as part of the Youth Climate Strike — including students from Pacific University and Forest Grove High School.
A group of students in Pacific's Students for Environmental Activism Club organized the local walkouts on the campus, which drew in younger students who marched from Forest Grove High School, as well as community members and even the mayor of Forest Grove, Pete Truax.
"We are demanding a national emergency on this climate crisis," said Pacific sophomore Karsen Buck. "It's affecting a bunch of marginalized communities, and we are demanding action for our future because our future is at stake."
Students from the university addressed the crowd during the protest, encouraging others to use their voices to demand action.
"It is up to each and every one of us what we do," sophomore Drea Hanks said to the crowd. "We are the generation that will do something. … We are the generation that will be affected. Change is coming, and we can be a part of this change or we can sit blindly and let it happen."
The protest was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old Swedish political activist seeking an end to global warming and climate change. Protestors called on politicians to act to end climate change.
"Today, I am asking you to not make our environment political, our environment is not policy," Hanks said. "Do not let anyone make it such, because this is our home. … Question the ones that aren't fighting. Use your voice, because our voice has power."
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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