The May 20 event includes a march and festival to demand action to fight climate change

PMG FILE PHOTO - A previous climate strike in Portland.People from across the Portland metro area will rally and march in the Rose City on Friday, May 20, for a multigenerational climate strike, according to organizers with the environmental advocacy organization Sunrise PDX.

In a press release, the organization said thousands of people of all ages will be walking out of their everyday responsibilities — at school, home and work — to march from Portland City Hall to the Portland Climate Festival at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. They plan to hold homemade signs, listen to speeches and chant through downtown Portland and across the Hawthorne Bridge.

"This strike amplifies and brings together youth voices at a critical time for climate justice," Maia Lippay, a strike organizer and sophomore at St. Mary's High School in Portland, said. "While organizing the strike, I have seen youth like me working to make real and effective change. The strike has the potential to enable young people across Portland to do the same."

Organizers say the strike is put together by high school climate activists, specifically targeting Portland's top four "climate villains," who are "contributing to the climate crisis through their emissions, using marketing techniques and misleading advertising to confuse the public," among other factors.

Those on the list include NW Natural, Zenith Energy, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Business Alliance.

"To me, it's important that we pull youth and adults into this strike because issues of climate change won't just affect the future generations; they are affecting us now," JJ Klein-Wolf explained. Klein-Wolf is a strike organizer and sophomore at Ida B Wells High School in Portland.

"Actions taken today will build a stronger foundation for change, which will help create a better future," she said. "As much as teens seem like they can do everything on their own, we need strong adult role models and support to continue achieving our goal of a stronger and safer tomorrow."

The Portland Business Alliance and Clean & Safe sent an email to members on Thursday and the greater business community to relay information PBA received from public officials.

According to the alliance, PPB said the event is advertised for the SW 5th Avenue side of City Hall. People can expect traffic impacts around the area with Portland-area high school students participating.

Portland Public Schools told police it indicates limited staff will be at City Hall and along the march route, said the email. Officials say march organizers are advertising stops at NW Natural and the Portland Business Alliance to "confront climate villains."

"Prior events have included criminal mischief/vandalism," the email noted.

Officials also told business owners to be aware of the access area around their business along with locking and securing dumpsters, along with removing A-frames signs and furniture in front of businesses.

KOIN 6 News reached out to the Portland Business Alliance for comment.

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