Chicago Youths To Lead Climate Strike; March From Grant Park To Federal Plaza Rally – CBS Chicago
Millions around the world are expected to walk out of their schools and workplaces as part of the climate strikes in more than 150 nations, ahead of the U.N. Climate Change Summit in New York next week.
The movement is being led by teen activists.
Donovan Lockett, a senior at Bogan High School, will be among the speakers at the rally at Federal Plaza.
Lockett said climate change is a serious problem, from rising global temperatures to pollution in the Chicago area. He said to solve the problem, government and businesses must do better.
Recently Lockett visited Greenland and northern Canada, where he learned more about climate change and its impact.
“The bigger surprise to me is actually seeing a real iceberg, actually seeing icebergs bigger than many of the skyscrapers in downtown Chicago, also bigger than this whole block over here,” he said. “I hope to see, in the future, a world where we doesn’t have to worry about climate change anymore.”
Emily Graslie, the Field Museum’s chief curiosity correspondent, was invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the Chicago rally. She plans to address two challenging topics: how do we know climate change is real, and how do we know humans are causing it?
Graslie is advocating for science and climate solutions.
“I want everybody to really look introspectively about the change that they can make within their communities, and within their work, and within their schools. We all have something to say about this issue, and I think talking about climate anxiety is one of the most powerful things we can do about it,” she said.