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Lafayette joins million across the nation in a Global Climate Strike

Posted at 9:36 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 23:15:19-04

LAFAYETTE — Some in Lafayette are calling for action when it comes to climate change. They say Louisiana is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and that state representatives need to develop a new sustainable energy and food infrastructure.

"These changes are undeniable, and they're multiplying," a speaker said at Parc Putnam Friday evening.

The Lafayette rally was part of a global effort to draw attention to climate change.

"I mean I shouldn't have to have conversations with my friends, "'Hey should we even have children?' Because what are their lives going to be like?" A Louisana Tech student said.

Rallies were held in at least 150 countries across the world with many of those rallies led by youth activists. Students missed school today showing their support, but here in Lafayette they came after class.

"The fact that we had at least this was really eye opening, and it kind of made me feel better about what's going on," high school sophomore Taylor Guillot said.

Guillot and her classmates started a club at their school, and in over a month, it has 50 members. Their goal is to bring awareness to climate change.

"We really care about our environment. Right now, we don't have recycling and that's something were working on," Guillot said.

The high schooler is not alone. Students from Louisana Tech also started a Green Club.

"We are doing everything we can to raise awareness to the issues," student Siarrah Hall said.

Hall says those issues include melting glaciers, animals going extinct, and rising sea levels.

"My children may not even have a viable earth to live in," Hall added.

Their rally calls for environmental justice, implementation of sustainable agriculture, and a Green New Deal.

Even Google and Amazon workers were a part of today's rally.

If you would like to get involved, search #StrikeWithUs or contact Scott Ferguson as 337-504-1860.