The climate strike kids, in their own words

30 things striking students want to tell their parents about climate change

Climate kids carrying environmental posters
(Image credit: Illustrated | TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friday, some 100,000 students and adult allies took to the streets of Manhattan to protest the warming planet as part of the global climate strike headed by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Clustered beneath banners with witty phrases like "you'll die from old age, we'll die from climate change," "the only trees we should be cutting down are Minecraft trees," and "Smash Mouth warned us," students chanted, sang, and TikTok'ed their way through the revolution.

Indeed, for many of the young protesters, the day was more than just a free excused absence from school. When I stopped to ask the students rallying in Foley Square what they wished they could say to their parents, and their parents' generation, about their participation in Friday's strike, the answers ranged from the grimly funny to the profound.

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