ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Around 1,000 Minnesota students skipped school to gather on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul as part of global protests by young people demanding that governments take swift action to fight climate change.
On a sunny Friday, they chanted, “Stop denying the earth is dying” and called for passage of the Green New Deal, a sweeping environmental plan backed by progressives.READ MORE: Darren Osborne, 56, Charged In Wisconsin Quadruple Homicide; 1 Other Still At Large
Farrah Bergstrom, a 16-year-old sophomore from Wayzata High School, told the crowd, “It is of utmost importance that our leaders be held accountable now.”READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot In South Minneapolis Identified As Christopher Crockom
Bergstrom says that’s because climate change is not a distant issue for young people. She says the next generations are the ones that will be affected the most.
Similar “school strikes,” inspired by a Swedish activist, were planned in Rochester and Duluth.MORE NEWS: Major Storm Damage In Hudson: Public Library Sustains Significant Damage, All Schools Closed Friday
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