Iowa City strikes back

March 5, 2020

In the midst of political turmoil over refusal to take action on climate change, over four million people held a strike, inspired by the voice of a 16-year-old girl. Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist, has taken the lead in organizing protests, gaining the attention she believes climate change deserves.  

Joining 4,500 other locations around the world, Iowa City took part in this strike on September 20, with demonstrators marching out of their respective schools or jobs and meeting on the Pentacrest. The protest is a part of the global “Fridays for Future” where students combat inaction on climate change by leaving their school in protest. 

For many, the high turnout is a reassurance. 76 year old Miriam Kashia from grannies for change has been dedicated to fighting climate change her whole life.

“There’s only so much a person can do, and I’ve done everything I can think of…so to [the young people] I say thank you. And we’ve got your back.”

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