Some San Diego students and teachers participate in global climate strike
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some students across San Diego County skipped class Friday to protest for more attention to climate change.
In our area, there were small clusters of students and faculty members at more than 20 middle, high schools and colleges who were granted leave for a day, without penalty for their absence.
The environmentalist group San Diego 350, claimed the event would be the largest student climate demonstration in San Diego history but there weren’t as many local participants as they were hoping for.
The strike has also received the support of the San Diego Unified School District and the Sweetwater Union High School District, which both approved supportive resolutions last week.
“We are excited to join students in this climate action rally,” San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said. “We also want to make sure our students are safe and do not leave our school sites for their safety and security.”
Critics of the planned walkout don’t believe schools and/or school districts should be taking sides in political issues. Many say organized events like this one can be defined as indoctrination.
The Global Climate Strike is an effort to call attention to the existential threat of climate change, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The international protest will precede the United Nations Global Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 and is expected to include some 2,500 events in more than 150 countries.
One of the demands by participants is “comprehensive climate change education” for children ages 5 through 14 because “impressionability is high during that developmental stage.”
The amount of people participating in San Diego were far smaller than larger rallies in cities like Miami and New York City.
But, the reasoning was the same; participants believe climate change requires more aggressive measures, including ending the use of fossil fuels to the more radical idea of forcing power companies to pay reparations for CO2 emissions. Many of the participants are even asking for support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, “Green New Deal.”
Critics contend Friday’s demonstrations used the students to support partisan policies of the Democrat candidates running for President of the United States in 2020.
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