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: Hospitality, Travel Industries See ‘Glimmers Of Hope’ For Job Return, Economic Recovery
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: Next In Line For Vaccine Will Be Minnesotans With Certain Underlying Conditions, Food Processing Workers
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.
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