North America from space in composite image from NASA’s Earth Observatory satellite.

Students around the county will participate Friday in the Global Climate Strike by rallying and marching throughout the day.

Thousands of students and faculty members at more than 20 middle and high schools and colleges are expected to participate in the strike to call for governments to take urgent action to combat climate change. Similar events are also expected to be held at Escondido City Hall, De Anza Cove in Mission Bay and at the downtown office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

According to the environmentalist group San Diego 350, the event is expected to be the largest student climate demonstration in San Diego history.

“We are only beginning to see some of the devastating effects that will come if we continue to avoid systematically addressing the climate crisis,” Serra Students for Environmental Action said in a statement. Serra High School is expected to participate in the strike.

“Today’s youth will inherit the responsibility of solving damage caused by climate change, and further damage will come if legislators fail to act quickly, making environmentalism a key issue for Generation Z,” the group said.

The strike has also received the blessing of the San Diego Unified School District and the Sweetwater Union High School District, which both approved supportive resolutions last week.

“We are excited to join students in this climate action rally,” San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said. “We also want to make sure our students are safe and do not leave our school sites for their safety and security.”

The Global Climate Strike is an effort to call attention to the existential threat of climate change, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The international protest will precede the United Nations Global Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 and is expected to include some 2,500 events in more than 150 countries.

Residents can find their nearest walkout, rally, march or other event at the Climate Walkout San Diego website, climatewalkoutsd.org. Information on the global strike can be found at globalclimatestrike.net.

–City News Service

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