Friday morning saw Borough Hall’s steps overflowing with hundreds of students before the marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join an estimated 60,000 marchers in Manhattan.
“The globe has never been changed by adults, it has always been young people,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “You are so connected with when the country is in despair.”
Farzana Pritte, a sophomore at Boerum Hill School for International Studies, stressed the urgency of the matter,
“Here we are, the youth, taking a stand once again because many failed to acknowledge that the countdown has already begun,” Pritte said. “This mess was made by generations before us, so why are we the ones to clean up their mess?”
In March, the United Nations General Assembly released a report that climate change would begin to cause irreversible damage to the planet in as few as eleven years.
The Department of Education (DOE) allowed its 1.1 million public school students to miss school for the protests as an excused absence.
Fifth-grader Oscar Olney sat with his class on the grass by Borough Hall as the procession moved to the Brooklyn Bridge. He said he was inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who showed him that young people can have an impact on current events.
“I want climate change to stop,” he said while holding a sign that read “Save the world so there’s a world to live in.” “I felt excited, happy, and proud that they were actually going from one borough to another borough just to march for climate justice.”