On Friday, Sept. 20, Montclair students and adults rallied for action on climate change. At Montclair High School, there was a student strike at 10 a.m., followed by a march through town.
The organizers of the student walkout were juniors Josh Shapiro and Isaac Barry.
It was coordinated with #FridaysForFuture, an organization founded in 2018 by then-15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Their webpage describes the group as “a peoples movement following the call from @GretaThunberg to school strike.” Thunberg decided to strike every Friday until Swedish policy effected changes to be more in line with the 2016 Paris climate change agreement. #FridaysForFuture named Sept. 20-27 the global #WeekForFuture.
Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in March, and in September won the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International.
At 5:30 p.m., about 125 people gathered on the corner of Church Street and South Fullerton Avenue, for a peace vigil in solidarity with the climate strike.
Organizer Greg Pason wrote that he had 125 chant sheets and all were taken, so this number is his best estimate.
Among the chants:
No more coal
Nor more oil
Keep your carbon in the soil
When the planet
is under attack
What do we do?
Stand up fight back.