Bay Area Students Prepare to Join Thousands Across the Country in Climate Strike

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

   9 a.m.

   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

   10 a.m.

   San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh St., San Francisco

• Oakland-Laney Climate Strike Rally/Merging With Youth-Led March in San Francisco

   10 a.m.

   Main Quad, Campus Center, 900 Fallon St., Oakland

• Richmond California Climate Strike

   11 a.m.

   Richmond Civic Center Plaza, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

• Mill Valley Climate Strike

   11 a.m.

   Depot Plaza in Downtown, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

• Petaluma Strike

   11 a.m.

   Meet at Petaluma City Library, March to Walnut Park Gazebo, 100                     Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma

• Students for Climate Action

   9 a.m.

   UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, Berkeley

• Mountain View Climate Strike

   11:30 a.m.

   Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View

• Sebastopol Youth Strike

   12 p.m.

   Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol

• Sonoma County Strike

   12 p.m.

   Courthouse Square, 70 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

• #YouthClimateStrike at DVHS

   12:20 p.m.

   Dougherty Valley High School Quad, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon

• Los Gatos Climate Strike Event

   2 p.m.

   Summit House on Highway 17, 23123 Santa Cruz Hwy., Los Gatos

• Napa Youth Climate Strike

   2 p.m.

   Veterans Park, 800 Main St., Napa

• Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike

   2:45 p.m.

   Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San Jose

• Mill Valley Seniors for Peace Climate Strike

   3 p.m.

   40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

• Berkeley Climate Action Coalition/Ecology Center Strike

   3 p.m.

   Ecology Center Store, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite H, Berkeley

• Morgan Hill Students Rally for Action on Climate Change

   4 p.m.

   Morgan Hill City Hall, 1757 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill

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