On Friday UNC-Chapel Hill students will join people from around the world in a “climate strike,” demanding their governments take action on global climate change.
Ashton Martin, the campus’ student body president, explained the action in a letter this week to Kevin Guskiewicz, UNC-Chapel Hill’s interim chancellor.
“Building on a historic surge of student protests and strikes for climate action, the September 20th strike comes three days before the United National Climate Action Summit, when world leaders will convene in New York with the goal of deepening climate ambition,” Martin wrote. “In over 150 countries, people are already pledging to organize events on September 20th and throughout the Week of Action that will follow it.”
Read the full letter below:
There are rallies planned in Raleigh, Greensboro, Pittsboro, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill’s rally will begin at 9 a.m. at Peace and Justice Plaza at 179 E. Franklin Street. Afterward, students will have a 1.5 mile bike ride through the campus.