About a dozen students of Lee Chisholm at Friends School of Portland went on strike for the climate this afternoon at city hall plaza. As if supporting the mission of the students, the rainy skies cleared into bright sunshine just moments before the two-hour strike began at 1:00 pm.
“We are starting out small and hope to grow,” said Anna Siegel, a student who was distributing flyers to people passing by on behalf of – “YELL” – the Youth Environment Leaders League for Climate Justice. “YELL’s goal is to spread awareness to our community. We want to put climate change on the front burner of everyone’s consciousness. We want people to recognize Climate Change as a problem that we brought upon ourselves, a challenge that we can overcome. There is no ‘someday’ only today to take action. If we don’t recognize climate change as the crisis it is, there will be no ‘somebody’ to speak out,” she said.