Community members are invited to join E-Town Climate Action at 3 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Fountain Square to emphasize the danger of climate change. Organizers say they hope many Evanston Township High School students will participate in a walkout from the school to participate.
Among the group’s messages are “Evanston must lead the way to climate justice now;” “Talk about it all the time, as if there were a war on our shores;” and “We have less than 11 years before the point of no return.”
Wendy Pollock, Co-Chair of the Evanston Environment Board, said the Board endorsed the following statement at its Sept. 12 meeting: “On Friday, September 20, 2019, three days before the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit convenes in New York City, young people around the world will lead a Global Climate Strike, the largest-ever action of its kind. Their demands are simple: urgent and decisive climate action and climate justice for all.
“The Evanston Environment Board expresses solidarity with the goals of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition including a just transition to 100% renewables by 2030, protections for frontline communities, and biodiversity conservation around the world. We encourage members of the Evanston City Council, City staff, and the community to support our local student organizers on Sept. 20 and beyond, and to do our part by moving rapidly to fully implement Evanston’s Climate Action & Resilience Plan.”