The youth-led Global Climate Strike, which brought thousands of people together across the world to rally in support of addressing and correcting the issues of climate change, brought several Scituate students and members of their families to the rally and march in Boston on Sept. 20.

Several of the attendees were part of a group from the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate. Taking care of the environment is one of the core values of the UU church, as is teaching youth to ask questions and to lead and embrace science.

Students were given an excused absence from Gates Middle School Principal Ryan Beattie and Scituate High School Principal Robert Wargo on a case-by-case basis, but both principals were very positive about the strike.

Miles Jones, 15, found the rally and the march, “empowering.”

“They said it was a youth-led strike, but I was impressed that people of all ages were there,” he said. “It showed me that it's not just my generation that cares and wants to fix it, but people of all generations. Before I went, I felt powerless, that there was very little I could do to reduce the effects of climate change. Once I went and saw we were all together, I realized that we can all do things together, like eat less meat and reduce the use of plastics, to make change.”

Seven-year old Caitrin Stevens attended the event with her younger sisters McKenna, 5, Kinley, 2 1/2, and mom, Tara.

Caitrin is concerned about the future of the planet because “animals are dying and people are polluting the planet.”

Though her daughters are on the younger side, Stevens said she wants to teach them you’re never too young to stand up for what you believe in.

“It was powerful to see our local youths on stage passionately advocating for something they care about so deeply,” she said. “It’s also opened doors to many more conversations in our home. We’ve visited the library to take out books on the topic and new questions and perspectives are being discussed every day.”

Lia Poccia, age 12, attended the rally with her mom, Michelle Rama-Poccia. They were among the enormous crowd that then marched on the State House.

Lia is very passionate about climate change and used a Wendell Berry quote on her Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): “I strike because” sign: “to damage the earth is to damage your children.”

“She took participating in the strike seriously,” Rama-Poccia said. “I supported her because, as with too many things children have to worry about today, they have little say in making the policies that can protect them. But I think we're all inspired by (16-year old Swedish environmental activist) Greta Thunberg, who has shown what influence one person can have. I think that witnessing that collective action gave her hope that things will change.”

Fifth-grader Jacob Simmer is “very concerned” about the future of the planet, he said.

“It made me feel very good that I was helping the planet with over 7,000 other people,” Jacob said of participating in the climate strike. “It was also good to see all the people who cared about the planet.”

Jacob’s mom, Emily, was very impressed with both the number of people, and the scope and size and professionalism of the event.

“I was also happy to see that, to my knowledge, there were no counter-protesters or naysayers there,” she said. “It was inspiring to be among so many people all wanting and advocating for the same things.”

Lucy and Emma Barton, ages 11 and 13 respectively, attended the event with their mom.

Lucy feels it is important “to stand up for the Earth.”

She is concerned about the future of the planet “because it'll be left into my hands and I want to leave it better than I found it.”

It was important to show support for the climate strike, Emma said, “Because I care about my planet.”

As a parent, their mom, Milena Davidova, found it exciting, giving her hope for future generations and their passion and understanding of the world they live in.

“I felt like I was there to show my support of the young organizers and all the participants, including my own children,” she said. “I know that concerns over climate change have lots of other socio-economic issues that interweave and are part and parcel, and I felt that the young speakers tried to showcase that.”

High school sophomore Libby Cutler wanted to participate in the strike after being inspired by Greta Thunberg, and because she thinks climate change is important.

She attended along with fellow tenth-grader Jordan Falvey, and eighth-grader Emma Braun.

“We made signs on the commuter rail on our way in and it was cool at the rally and march to read everyone else’s poster and see what they had to say,” she said. “Our planet is getting warmer and we are already seeing the effects of it on our weather. This is especially an issue for our town because we live right on the ocean.”

She found the large crowd “a little overwhelming,” but said it also felt like “a really strong community.”

“Our favorite part was marching to the state house and chanting ‘we want change,'" Cutler said. "It was amazing to see so many people protesting to make the change that we need.”

Katie Cutler took her daughter and friends in to Boston on the train.

“I thought it was great that this little group of neighborhood friends wanted to go,” she said. “A highlight was that we also saw Mayor Marty Walsh, so it felt good to know he was there and witnessing the huge turnout and young people demanding climate action.”

Twin brothers Bren and Emory Matthews, both 11, also attended.

“I think that this event is very important because we need to take action while we still can,” Bren said. “I think that fossil fuels are heating up the atmosphere and it will break the chain of life on Earth.”

Emory does not want the Earth to die, he said.

"I’m concerned about rising sea levels and animal extinction."

The boys’ mom, Jenn Mackey, said she took them out of school to participate in the event because "caring about our planet’s future is a strong value in our family."

"This strike was a great opportunity to see how citizens express their opinions in a positive manner. Hearing young people speak passionately about climate change, equity, and sustainable energy and then demanding action of politicians was inspirational. Show me what democracy looks like."

Marina Glennon, age 16, is not just concerned about the future of the planet, she’s “anticipating and observing.”

“Corporations and world leaders in businesses have, since industrialization, not been held fully accountable for their impacts on the environment, or been seen as the vehicles for nationwide change,” she said. “Us recycling and using metal straws is great and all, but getting big companies and the government to change, to put in hard work and remodel their purposes would change our world in an instant.”

Marina’s mom, Kate, feels climate justice really can’t wait, and that young people feel that.

“I felt it was important to make it possible for our kids to attend the strike because they had not yet experienced the unique kind of inspiration you receive when joining together in community for civic action at this large scale,” she said. “This youth-led movement, like Parkland's #NeverAgain movement, has an honesty and directness that really demands to be heard, and that's the energy that inspires others to act.”

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