Youths march in DTLA, calling on elected officials to combat climate change

Mike Bievenouer listens to speakers during a global day of...

About 200 people, many of them high school and college age, gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 23, to demand that politicians and officials in power take measures to combat environmental injustices they say disproportionately affect the poor and communities of color.

The event outside of Los Angels City Hall, billed as a strike because it asked students to ditch their classes for the day, was organized by Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles. It was part of a global day of climate actions led by young people, and it coincided with New York City’s Climate Week.

“We were the first city to declare a climate emergency yet we’re dragging our feet when it comes to implementing climate action,” said Sim Bilal, lead organizer with Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles, adding that L.A. is one of the largest urban oil drilling sites in the world.

The group is calling on L.A.’s mayoral candidates, Karen Bass and Rick Caruso, to pledge not to accept campaign money from the fossil fuel industry and is asking CalPERS and CalSTRS, the retirement systems for California public employees and teachers, to divest from companies that promote the use of fossil fuels. They are also calling on Los Angeles Unified School District – the nation’s second-largest K-12 system – to provide more shade on campuses to combat urban heat.

Marshé Doss, 21, a graduate of Dorsey High School in South Central L.A. and a member of the advocacy group Students Deserve, was one of several speakers who talked about the role of environmental injustices on their communities.

 

Mike Bievenouer listens to speakers during a global day of climate action in front of Los Angeles City Hall Friday, September 23, 2022. Participants called on political leaders to divest from fossil fuels. The event featured speeches, chants and live music. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Josiah Edwards of Sunrise Movement L.A. speaks as part of a global day of climate action in front of Los Angeles City Hall Friday, September 23, 2022. Participants called on political leaders to divest from fossil fuels. The event featured speeches, chants and live music. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People gather on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall as part of a global day of climate action Friday, September 23, 2022. Participants called on political leaders to divest from fossil fuels. The event featured speeches, chants and live music. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People gather on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall as part of a global day of climate action Friday, September 23, 2022. Participants called on political leaders to divest from fossil fuels. The event featured speeches, chants and live music. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People gather on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall as part of a global day of climate action Friday, September 23, 2022. Participants called on political leaders to divest from fossil fuels. The event …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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