Thousands of people young and old marched down to Los Angeles City Hall on Sept. 20, joining more than four-million people for a worldwide climate strike. The mood was tense at times, but overall hopeful.
Their message: politicians and fossil fuel executives need to take responsibility for the climate crisis. LMU students, some belonging to the on-campus environmental club ECO Students, joined the strike.
“As youth, we have a duty to fight for our climate.” Jose Camacho, a sophomore studio arts major, told me, “The Earth is our vessel; we’re only here for a short amount of time.”
So what happens now? Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who spearheaded the Global Climate Strike, “climate-shamed” world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit earlier this week.
“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction,” Thunberg said. "And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
According to Reuters, Thunberg did move the needle. Nearly 30 global initiatives to ramp up action on climate change were unveiled or expanded at the U.N. Climate Action Summit.
A climate strike rally on the Loyola Marymount University campus was planned for Friday, Sept. 27.