Millions of people around the world walked out of their job or school, including a small event in Marysville, on Sept. 20 as part of a ‘climate strike’ to encourage policy change.
The international climate strike took place in hundreds of nations across the world, with events scattered across the U.S., including local events in Everett, Marysville and Snohomish according to Fridays for Future.
Climate activists organizations demanded a stop to burning fossil fuels and other carbon-based energy which are warming the planet.
“I’m impressed by so many things happening,” said local George Guttmann who was at the Marysville event.
Guttmann was going to drive to one of the bigger events but decided to stay local instead for the climate strike.
“My kids are in Seattle and I wanted to drive to Seattle today for that event but my granddaughter told me I should just save the gas and stay up here,” he said.
Climate strikes were popularized in part by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and in that spirit many of the events were also led and attended by youth, who have more to lose if the warming of the planet continues at the current trend.
“I’m out here for the climate strike,” said local teenager Gwen Wells, who was at the Marysville protest.
“Most people only really think about their own future, the baby boomers and the millennials [typically those born between the early 1980s and mid 1990s] don’t really think about the future of people like me,” said Wells, who expressed frustration with the inaction being taken toward the climate crisis.
“Millennials might die in 50 years but we’ll still be alive, and they don’t think much further than that,” she said.
She said that people should be feeling concerned about climate change and what it could mean for the future of humans.
“The sense of doom around it makes sense, because this could destroy the earth,” she said.
Guttmann said he was encouraged with the number of young people stepping up to fight for the planet.
“I’m very concerned about climate change and I’m here to support the younger generation that is trying to do something about it. That is very exciting and very important,” he said.
He hopes the world can move away from energy sources that contribute to global warming and said we have the technology.
“I think we need to stop using carbon-based fuels. That’s the one very important thing. And we can do it,” he said.
He pointed to the solar farm that is part of Snohomish PUD’s recent Arlington microgrid project as just one local example of how society can progress beyond carbon-based energy.