Protesters demand urgent action on climate change


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– People around the world are marching against climate change. Activists are taking to the streets, calling for emergency action.

People are saying that this is one the largest rallies they’ve seen on this issue in Hartford. You have hundreds of students walking out of class and hundreds of families who come here from all across the state.

More than 1,000 people, including hundreds who are supposed to be in school, are demanding immediate action on climate change Friday on the steps of Connecticut’s State Capitol.

They say it’s a fight for their future. An issue that can’t wait for the slow-moving wheels of bureaucracy to catch up.

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“I worry about their future and that’s why we’re here now,” said Kalena Trow, Middletown.

Kalena Trow came from Middletown with her kids ages 2 to 13.

“It’s important for the kids to get out and join with like minded people and see that they can make a difference,” said Trow.

Activists spent months organizing in concert with demonstrations taking place across the globe Friday.

“Seeing this is is just so exciting and so empowering,” said Sena Wazer, Connecticut Climate Crisis Mobilization, UConn Student.

And they have a list of asks. For one, they want to transform the fossil fuel economy.

“We have 11 years left according to the scientists – we’ve got 11 years to really stop climate change and turn this around. So we need immediate address to climate action and that’s why all these people are here,” said Wazer.

“Our planet’s like warming and that’s not good,” said Gabe Waldo, Old Lyme, 6th grade.

“Really, going green getting rid of the fossil fuels,” said Aden Wilson, Old Lyme, 10th grade.

Their ask here in Hartford is pretty specific.

“The Governor declaring a climate emergency for the state of Connecticut and taking bold steps to really make it an emergency,” said Wazer.

This whole movement started years ago with one Swedish teen sitting outside her school.

“Now she’s got millions of people following her and millions of youth striking. That’s amazing,” said Wazer.

These demonstrations are going on across the world today and all over Connecticut.

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