About 50 Los Altos High School students walked out of class and marched to Mountain View City Hall shortly before 10:30 a.m. today (Sept. 20) as part of worldwide Climate Strike demonstrations calling for more urgent action on climate change.
Students carrying homemade signs, with some donning bright green T-shirts emblazoned with the words "climate justice," walked to downtown Mountain View, where they met up with eight Mountain View High students and community members in Civic Center Plaza.
The LAHS students planned to stay outside City Hall until around 3 p.m., reading poems, giving speeches and listening to music, according to organizer Anna Fletcher.
Other local students have planned to attend a Climate Strike event in San Jose this afternoon. St. Francis High School juniors Sindhu Vajrala and Jamie Minden, who co-founded the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike, said they were coordinating with 60 public high schools, as well as middle schools, community colleges and businesses to reach a goal of 10,000 attendees.
A Climate Strike rally in San Francisco this morning was the largest in the region and drew crowds from throughout the Bay, including many striking students. The protesters gathered Friday morning near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office at the Federal Building at Seventh and Market streets and took off marching down Market Street at about 10:30 a.m. chanting, "Climate change has got to go" and "Climate justice now."
They marched to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office at 1 Post St. and then marched on to the waterfront.
Walkouts and rallies were also planned in Cupertino, Oakland, Palo Alto, Richmond and in more cities across the region.
Other rallies were held across the nation and world, with large rallies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.
Actions were planned in 150 countries, including 800 in the U.S. alone. Tens of thousands of people participated in rallies in Berlin, London and New York.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.