Students March, Hold Die-in for Climate
Last Friday, Sept. 20, people hit the streets of San Francisco in a mass protest against world leaders’ inaction to address the current climate crisis — a single branch of a larger, global, climate strike. Several other strikes occurred in the Bay Area (including: Berkeley, Walnut Creek and Livermore) but the San Francisco strike was the largest by far, with thousands of people in attendance. The majority of the participants marching? Students.
Students from Alameda High School (AHS), Encinal High School, Alameda Science and Technology Institute, Alameda Community Learning Center and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School all showed up. The level of turnout varied from school to school, from as few as 10 students to as many as 70.
“I’m striking from school because there’s no point in preparing for a future that won’t exist.” said AHS student Isabella McCracken, 17. “That’s the danger of climate change.”
AHS students were aware that not everyone would be able to participate in the strike, and organized an 11-minute moment of recognition in the morning that all students were excused to attend. Students spoke out on the importance of climate action, acknowledged activist groups fighting for change and recited poems on the matter. Once the 11 minutes were over, students set off for San Francisco.
In the spirit of eco-friendliness and sparing the air, a large group of AHS students went by bus and BART to reach the starting point of the strike, The San Francisco Federal Building. Energy was high from the start, as the students joined the masses in chanting “Climate justice now!” and proudly raising handmade signs into the air. Stops were made at the BlackRock, PG&E and Amazon Go buildings to protest the damaging contributions to climate change corporations have put forth. The marching itself was diligent and unified without interruption.
The march took around three hours to complete, over a three-mile route that would take one hour to walk through at a normal pace. The marching ceased at Embarcadero Plaza, the official end point.
Alameda students regrouped and reflected on the events of the day and the importance of the strike. The students, though worn from the tiring march, still carried the spirit that powered the strike.
“We might be the last generation to know what life was like before the destructive effects of climate change.” said Amber Dekker, 17. “We need to take action now more than ever.”