Climate Change Walkout


Charlie King

Students participated in a youth climate strike on March 15th

On March 15, 2019, there was a worldwide youth climate strike. At Cleveland Heights High School, a group of students participated in an all-day walkout. The walkout lasted from 2nd to 8th period and was approved by the school board administration beforehand.

Students sat outside in the football field with signs protesting for legislative action to reduce the impact of climate change. Students held up creative homemade signs that had clever sayings like, “There is no planet B” and “What we stand for is what we stand on.” While there was a walkout protest at Heights, a larger one was happening at Public Square in downtown Cleveland that many Heights students attended as well.

Jenna Rickard, a sophomore at Heights, helped plan the walkout. “I was inspired by reading about international efforts to help reduce climate change.” The walkout not only brought attention to the impact climate change is having on our world, but the legislative action that needs to be placed. Rickard went on to say, “I believe that the United States should pursue stronger climate action than the prepositions of the Paris Agreement.”

Lily Waugh, a junior at Heights, is a big activist for environmental change. “I participated because I feel that climate change is a very important and prevalent issue in the world today and politicians aren’t doing enough to help the problem right now.” Waugh tries to help reduce her carbon footprint on a daily basis. “Whenever I have the chance to maybe make even a small change with this grave issue, I jump on that chance,” said Waugh. She also went on to say, “The world and the environment is [sic] important to me and I want to see it prosper, not decay.”

The energy of the crowd throughout the walkout was described as “strong, passionate, and ebullient,” by another student.

Climate change is an important issue in today’s society. There are several things one can do to help reduce their carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment.