Bay Area students on Friday will be joining thousands of students across the country in a global climate strike aimed at getting politicians to treat climate change as a moral obligation.
The inspiration comes from Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who single-handedly protested outside of parliament, demanding that lawmakers in her country treat climate change as a top priority.
Students are preparing walkouts and protests, both on and off campus, as a kickoff to a weeklong event aimed at bringing awareness to the challenges the planet faces.
"Climate change is an urgent issue and there is a time limit," said Aiden Mo, a student at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.
School administrators at Dougherty Valley High support a campus strike but not a walkout.
"So much of the trash and things that can be recycled end up in the ocean killing animals," said Noor Nibber, another San Ramon student.
"We want to make some noise about climate action and what we as students are willing to fight for," another student said.
Student groups on UC Berkeley’s campus will be protesting at Sproul Plaza, eventually taking their message to the streets.
"It’s going to change the environment on Earth. Once those glaciers are melted you can’t put them back together," said UC Berkeley student Trisan Wells.
UC Berkeley students plan to get together with high schoolers from Berkeley and head to San Francisco for a larger protest.
More information about the coming week's climate events can be found here.
Here’s where the climate change demonstrations will be around the Bay Area on Friday:
• Marin County Student Climate Strike
San Rafael City Center Plaza, 1002 Fourth St., San Rafael
• Los Altos High School Student Walkout
Meeting at 10 a.m., marching out at 10:15 a.m.
Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos
• Bay Area Youth Climate Strike
San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh St., San Francisco
• Oakland-Laney Climate Strike Rally/Merging With Youth-Led March in San Francisco
Main Quad, Campus Center, 900 Fallon St., Oakland
• Richmond California Climate Strike
Richmond Civic Center Plaza, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
• Mill Valley Climate Strike
Depot Plaza in Downtown, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley
• Petaluma Strike
Meet at Petaluma City Library, March to Walnut Park Gazebo, 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma
• Students for Climate Action
UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, Berkeley
• Mountain View Climate Strike
Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View
• Sebastopol Youth Strike
Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol
• Sonoma County Strike
Courthouse Square, 70 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa
• #YouthClimateStrike at DVHS
Dougherty Valley High School Quad, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon
• Los Gatos Climate Strike Event
Summit House on Highway 17, 23123 Santa Cruz Hwy., Los Gatos
• Napa Youth Climate Strike
Veterans Park, 800 Main St., Napa
• Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike
Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San Jose
• Mill Valley Seniors for Peace Climate Strike
40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
• Berkeley Climate Action Coalition/Ecology Center Strike
Ecology Center Store, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite H, Berkeley
• Morgan Hill Students Rally for Action on Climate Change
Morgan Hill City Hall, 1757 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill