ENVIRONMENT

Morristown students join worldwide youth climate protest

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

Friday youth around the world stood united, demanding leaders take action on climate change. They took to the streets in Nepal, Belgium, India and more than 95 other countries.

Eighteen-year-old Rachel Davitt held up her sign in Morristown.

“We need the people to start realizing this is a real problem. And this is a problem that should take priority because it is our Earth, and if our Earth is dying we can’t live on it,” she said.

“We’re demanding a national emergency on climate change because we have 11 years to take mass transformative change to turn this around,” said 16-year-old Ananya Singh.

Singh is the lead organizer for the rally in Morristown.

“We want our leaders in New Jersey and Gov. Murphy to support a fossil fuel moratorium and stop implementing new fossil fuel infrastructure. And we want overall for them to make commitments to create plans that will address climate change for the future,” Singh said.

The global movement known as the Youth Climate Strike demands a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Sixteen-year-old Eden Summerlin spoke to the crowd outside town hall.

“We are asking for the bare minimum needed to steer us away from the 1.5 degree Celsius cliff we’re about to drive off,” she said.

In the U.S. they’re also demanding legislators adopt the Green New Deal.

“What we want to have is that our government officials take actions that align with what science demands and what science shows is necessary for us to have a safe future,” Singh said.

Youth Climate Strike was the vision of a 16-year-old girl from Sweden.

“It really shows that one person has the power to spark something huge,” Singh said. “We have the power to inspire change.”

Showing the world it doesn’t matter how old you are.