On Friday, September 20, students from all around the world will walk out of class in protest. Their aim is to address the climate crisis.
The NCC Climate Action Network (CAN) is planning an event that will begin at 10 a.m. on the Bethlehem campus. Students can join the strike taking place on the Quad located in front of College Center on the main campus.
After demonstrating on campus the group will head to City Hall/Bethlehem Area Public Library at 2 p.m. to join the larger demonstration taking place.
Students participating in the event will be joined by The Climate Reality Project – Lehigh Valley Chapter, Sierra Club, PennEnvironment, The Sunrise Movement, The Extinction Rebellion, among other activist groups. The climate strike is a global effort with participants from over 115 countries organizing over 2,500 events according to the globalclimatestrike.net website.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report earlier this year stating that in order to help mitigate the devastating effects of global temperature rise, we will need to drastically reduce carbon emissions within the next 12 years.
The United Nations posted this statement on their website addressing the climate strike, “The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.”
The United Nations will hold a Climate Emergency Summit on September 23 with the goal of “accelerating action to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” according to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
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