Students from four Wilmington high schools took to the streets today in a local show of force to demand action on climate change. They were taking part a worldwide planned “Global Climate Strike,” a campaign of youth activism to highlight the Climate Emergency.
Carrying handmade signs saying, “There is no Planet B” and “Solution not Pollution,” about 400 teachers, parents and students walked on this beautiful day saying they hope to reduce the use of fossil fuels and try to halt climate change.
Fridays for Future, a coalition of student clubs at Wilmington Friends School (WFS), led the afternoon walk to Salesianum School to participate in a teach-in about the climate crisis. Students from Tatnall, Ursuline, the Charter School of Wilmington – even little ones from First State Montessori participated, along with staff and volunteers at the Delaware Nature Society.
WFS sophomore Pier Paulo Ergueta spent last year in Spain and first learned about the Global Climate Strike and Swedish environmental activist Greta Thurnberg there. He and his father, Wilmington Friends teacher Javier Ergueta, sparked the WFS committee and today’s activities.
WFS sophomore Austin Sarker-Young runs the school’s Eco Club, which is 23 students strong. “This is important because I feel that politicians in Washington really don’t put enough importance on the climate. And this is an issue that could potentially wreck all of us. I compare it to lead poisoning. The more you drink lead, the more you get poisoned. If we don’t stop drinking the lead of climate change, we’re done for,” he said.
“It’s important to engage students because we’re out of time,” said senior Craig Lyttleton. “People in generations before us have started this climate problem, but we’re the ones who are going to be left to deal with it.”
Junior Bryce Young said she hopes that their march hopes to spread awareness of the climate issues. “The climate change problem has political and economic implications, and we need to work around the existing laws so that we can create a better, safer environment for generations to come,” she said.
Junior Robby Friz said today’s walk serves as a reminder of how important it is for the United States to be in front of the global climate change issue. “Being one of the bigger countries in the world, it puts us in a position to really serve as an example of what we can do to improve the global climate,” he said.
Photographer Elisa Morris contributed to this article