Why Did I Attend the Climate Strike?

by Thomas Cassidy

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Now the answer to this question could be very simple, I could just say that we need to stop climate change and that would be that. Now even though this is true, it’s much more nuanced than that. I was there for a lot of reasons, there are also reasons why I didn’t want to be there.

Originally, I had  intended to go to school on Friday, September 20th, 2019. It would have been a pretty normal day other than my Environmental Science class in which I would have learned about climate activism. A couple of days before the event I had a realization that this would be one of the most significant world events in history. I realized that school is infinitely insignificant compared to the possible mass extinction we are facing. I grasped the idea that people would listen to what we have to say.

On the day of the strike, everybody’s anxiety, sadness, anger and worry all came together to work towards a stable, viable future on this planet. It was more than a strike, it was a fight. Us young people are scared, and for good reason. We want to be able to live long, fulfilling lives, but people still choose profit over the futures of youth, money over human lives. We are fighting against our capitalist society and our greed-filled world. I was there because I wanted to fight, I still do.

I wasn’t just there to fight, I was there to be a part of the community of climate activists, united under a single purpose. It brought together the youth in the world and screamed the message that we are trying to convey. It was a big step towards what is necessary in preserving our lives and giving the financial leaders of the world a wake-up call. For lasting change to occur, it is necessary for them to understand that this is real, more real than the ludicrous numbers in their bank accounts. We demand change from these people.

This event was extremely influential. It was a huge step in the way of preserving the future of our climate. This was by no means perfect however. From what I saw at the event and the outreach leading up to the event, there was not enough representation for the groups that feel climate change the most. The event did not have a direct focus on the groups who feel climate change the most. It felt like it was a very general thing when most people don’t directly feel the effects of climate change. This is not talked about as much as it should be. Although this movement should have a focus on those who feel climate change the most but it should still be a global 

We are getting somewhere. Progress is being made when it comes to climate change and climate activism but there is still a long way to go. A lot needs to be done to ensure the futures of everyone. This is a mission for all people on planet earth to preserve the planet and possibly their lives.