Eugene Students Walk Out To Protest Climate Change

Mar 15, 2019

Hundreds of students from 4-J schools and the University of Oregon joined in a classroom “walk out” today (Friday.) The young people were acting in solidarity with an international climate strike movement.

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(Hear Rally chants “Hay Hay, Ho Ho, Climate Change has got to go.”)

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Ian Curtis is a senior at South Eugene High School. He recently organized 90 students in a lobbying effort at the Oregon State Capitol and testified before the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.

To raucous applause, Curtis told the crowd why they left their classrooms and “sacrificed their education” to protest climate change together.

South Eugene High School senior Ian Curtis addresses hundreds of his fellow students on the Federal Courthouse steps.
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“Fifty years from today, when those in power will be long gone, this will be our world. And the aftermath of planetary destruction will be ours to deal with. By acting today we are taking the first step to preventing climate change and saving our future.” (Claps)   

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Curtis was among students from more than 1oo countries who marched out of class to strike for meaningful climate action. They’re calling on leaders everywhere to pay attention to their demands.   

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Ian Curtis gathers students together during the walk out to strike for climate justice.
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