Minnesota students join millions worldwide in climate change strike

Students walked out of classes and marched on St. Paul Friday morning.
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Thousands of students from the Twin Cities and beyond join millions around the world in calling for climate change action in the global School Strike for Climate on Friday.

Students walked out of class in the morning and congregated in St. Paul, in preparation to march and rally at the steps of the State Capitol.

A huge crowd gathered outside the Capitol, chanting for change before listening to guest speakers.

It's part of youth strikes taking part in more than 150 countries, with participants inspired by the efforts of 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who has become the face for the youth movement calling for global leaders to limit the temperature rises that could have – and are having – catastrophic impact on humanity.

In the U.S., protesters have been rallied by an organization called Youth Climate Strike, whose co-executive director and co-founder is Minneapolis 16-year-old Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Minnesota's 5th District Rep. Ilhan Omar.

It's the second strike this year, with Minnesota students also walking out this past March in a strike that saw 1.2 million participate worldwide, per Vice.com.

It wasn't just Twin Cities students involved in the strike, with protesters also turning out in Duluth as well.

Youth strike inspires change in MN House

The efforts of the young strikers has resulted in a show of solidarity from Democrats in the Minnesota House, which announced on Thursday the formation of the Climate Action Caucus.

Caucus members will work on an "ambitious agenda" to find state-level solutions to climate change and "establish Minnesota as a national leader in the fight against climate change."

"Minnesotans have come from all over the state to ask us to take the climate crisis as seriously as they do," said Rep. Jean Wagenius (D-Minneapolis), who is Chair of the House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Committee.

"Young people have told us that they’re scared, even terrified. They know they will experience the impacts from climate change for their whole lives. We must build a successful clean energy economy so young Minnesotans will have the future they want and we want for them."

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