BANGOR – Students from high schools across the state joined students worldwide in exercising their first amendment rights Friday.
According to organizers, the strike follows in the foot steps of 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who strikes for the climate in front of the Swedish Parliament every Friday.
Organizers say the students were expected to share their outrage about the climate crisis.
“This is an important issue to me because every single day, fossil fuels are being blown into the air and every single day people are polluting into our local waters,” said Ijeoma Obi, an organizer of the strike at Bangor High School. “And it’s very important that someone takes a stand for what makes Maine, Maine.”
The students endorsed a list of climate strike demands. Among the demands was a call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
They also want U.S. lawmakers to approve the Green New Deal.