Students and residents gathered yesterday at multiple locations throughout Reno to participate in the Global Climate Strike. A worldwide movement, Global Climate Strike’s website expected over 150 countries to participate in the strike and said this event offers an opportunity to support the youth strikers in their demands for change.
University of Nevada, Reno held the first rally of the day. It was attended by a crowd of a few hundred.
“We hope to bring awareness to the Green New Deal, give respect to indigenous land and stop drilling for [new] oil. Today is about bringing people together to create awareness so we can take steps tomorrow to create action,” she said. “It’s making sure that everyone feels connected through this big crisis, and we can all start taking steps moving forward.”
Many of the strikers had signs and/or shirts with messages written on them supporting ideas of what they think would help change the outcome of the climate crisis.
Later in the day, with a stage set up in front of the “BELIEVE” sculpture, a crowd estimated to be 700 rallied at City Plaza. The crowd surrounded the stage to hear the many young speakers scheduled for the night. Among the speakers
Robbie Bond, 12, a student who has a nonprofit called “Kids Speak for Parks,” said, “It’s important for strikes and rallies like this one to bring people together and be united to stand up for issues we believe in. It’s harder for one person to make a difference, but a group of people makes it easier to be seen and heard.”
The Global Climate Strike is scheduled to go through Sept. 27.
Trevor Bexon has lived in Reno, Nevada since 2004. He believes Northern Nevada has a unique story that he hopes to share with others while leaving a visual history for future study.