Because they have so much to lose from our global climate catastrophe, thousands of students around the world have taken to protest. Who can blame them? The Trump Administration is especially stupid in this regard, choosing to deny even the most basic facts of science simply to give big industry and fossil fuel industries ever greater profits. Greta Thunberg, 16, of Sweden is probably the most famous student who’s fed up with such selfishness, and she’s been ditching school on Fridays since August 2018 to hold vigil in front of the Swedish parliament, calling on world governments to pay more attention to pressing climate needs.
On Friday, Sept. 20, many thousands more students–and anyone else who wants to join them–will carry out Climate Strikes across the country. Given the complete contempt the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans hold for all things climate change, these strikes are wonderful reminders that our youth often see the world clearer than the doddering patriarchy that still holds power in Washington.
“Never did my introverted self think I would organize something like this, especially being told not to cause any trouble growing up,” said UC Irvine student Patricia Haigh in a Sept. 18 news release from activists organizing the Irvine Climate Strike. “But I’ve realized it’s so important to prevent environmental disaster while we still can!”
“Activists, concerned citizens and scientists have been told for years that we are alarmists,” Yoo said in the news release. “However, this year, we have seen an alarming number of events where climate change was a major contributing factor. We cannot continue business as usual and the time for alarm and bold action is now. I’m striking for my kids’ future and calling on our elected officials to act with urgency.”
Here are the Sept. 20 Climate Strike locations happening around Orange County, as compiled by OCClimateAction.org:
107 S. PCH (Main Beach Park) — 7:30 a.m./11:11 a.m.
300 E. Chapman Ave. — 8-10:30 a.m.
539 S. Brea Blvd. (Parking lot of Percy Stearns Family Medicine) — 9:30 a.m.
Culver Drive and Alton Parkway — 10 a.m.
14722 Devonshire Ave. (Centennial Park) — 3:30 p.m.
Huntington Beach Pier — 3:30 p.m.
200 S. Anaheim Blvd. (Anaheim City Hall) — 3:30 p.m.
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He spent a dozen years as Editor of MauiTime, the last alt weekly in Hawaii. He also wrote three trashy novels about Maui, which were published by Event Horizon Press. But he got his start at OC Weekly, and returned to the paper in 2019 as a Staff Writer.