Capital Region Youth Climate Strike spans generations

September 20, 2019 07:20 PM

People of all generations were marching to the state Capitol from all over the city of Albany on Friday. It was part of an international student climate strike.

There have already been at least two youth climate marches like this in the Capital Region this year.


This time, a group called PAUSE was starting the day at the state-owned natural gas plant on Sheridan Avenue. Other marches were also leaving from Albany High and UAlbany's downtown campus.

The group wants Gov. Cuomo to create a ban on new fossil fuel projects and a halt to state subsidies for fossil fuels. They also want $10 billion for the Green New Deal in next year's state budget. They want all public buildings and vehicles to have zero emissions by 2023 and for all new buildings to be carbon emission-free by 2023.

A crowd gathering Friday morning on Sheridan Avenue for the rally appeared to be multigenerational with picket signs and protest chants.

They were marching toward West Capitol Park. They are energized and adamant about their demand for people and politicians around the world to reduce their carbon footprint by halting fossil fuel extraction and then transitioning to 100 percent clean energy within the next decade.

The protesters acknowledge that climate change has already begun, and we already know what the solution is. They say it's just a matter of motivating people to do what needs to be done.


WNYT Staff

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