On September 20th, 2019, members of the Penn State community and local high school students participated in a global climate strike organized ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit. Over 4,500 strikes occurred around the world, in over 150 countries (above photo by Alison Jaenicke).
Organized by Penn State Eco-action and other members of the Penn State community, a large gathering began at the Allen Street gates and marched to the university’s Old Main building to hold a series of speeches.
State College resident Norrine Sims summarized the efforts of young activists in an op-ed for the Centre Daily Times:
To those in the community who were not there, I want to tell you about the exceptional young students who participated in the “climate strike” in State College on Friday. Many of the students walked from school to attend, despite detention warnings, and they were cheered by the crowd when they arrived at the Old Main gates. As the event progressed, however, it became clear that these individuals had more to offer than an enthusiastic, informed commitment to the cause. Each one of them spoke to the crowd, making thoughtful, impassioned statements, and they quickly became a focus of inspiration and understanding. I hope the school and the community are able to put thoughts of discipline aside for a moment to applaud these exemplary young people. After all, these are the actions and behaviors that we work so hard to teach. I congratulate them and hope they persevere into adulthood knowing that their community and their institutions honor them.
Read more here: https://www.centredaily.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article235418142.html#storylink=cpy