ENVIRONMENT

Students at Rutgers and around the state take part in global climate strike

Millions of people joined youth-led demonstrations across the world Friday in a call for action on climate change. All had a similar demand: Reduce fossil-fuel use and cut carbon emissions to try to stop climate change.

Students across New Jersey walked out of school, carrying the message that their future is at stake.

In New Brunswick, hundreds of Rutgers students demonstrated on campus and made their demands known.

They called on the university to divest its endowment of fossil-fuel holdings by 2024, immediately develop a climate action plan and commit to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

They also demanded U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, endorse the Green New Deal and hold hearings on it.

“He has been in Congress for decades and has continued to stall and delay on climate action,” said Rutgers senior James Boyle, who helped organize the strike. “We need to acknowledge that climate change involves limits. We are going to have to roll back our consumption and production.”

The marches are inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and come before a climate summit at the United Nations next week.