Students at all nine schools in Brookline left their classrooms on Friday in protest of the lack of urgency and action on the climate crisis. One of the organizers, Kate Avery, wrote the following press release of the town-wide action.
All Nine Brookline Public Schools Participate in Climate Strike
On Friday, September 20, students at all nine of the Brookline Public Schools walked out of class to protest the lack of action over the climate crisis.
Most of the schools held their strikes at 10:00 a.m, but others had slightly different schedules, with the Coolidge Corner School starting at 10:45, and the Lincoln School starting at 10:30. The Runkle School Students arrived at school 30 minutes early in order to strike. Students at the Lincoln School also wrote letters to their elected officials. Additionally, the students drew attention to the eleven years we have to reduce our carbon emissions by half to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. The student walkout lasted eleven minutes at Driscoll, and at Pierce and Lincoln the students held eleven seconds of silence. Most of the elementary school students held walkouts on the school grounds, while the high school students took the train downtown and joined the rally at City Hall Plaza. In total, over 800 Brookine students protested.
“We’re striking because it’s now come to the point where we really need to act. There’s only 11 years, or now coming to 10 years to do something about climate change.” said a Heath student.
The students left class as part of the international movement led by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, joining millions striking worldwide. They hope to influence the government to pass legislation cutting back on carbon emissions as quickly as possible. "I joined in organizing the strike at Pierce because my future, and the future of all my friends, is at stake. We need the adults who make decisions about the environment to see and hear us and remember that their actions will change our lives. They need to create laws and policies that will save the planet for us," said a sixth grader at the Pierce School.