Thousands of Students and Their Supporters Go On Strike Across Maryland, Virginia, and DC

Washington, DC — Today, more than one thousand “climate strikes” are taking place across the world, along with dozens of actions in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. These are taking place as part of the “Global Climate Strike” mobilization to demand climate action just before the United Nations will hold a climate summit in New York City.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Executive Director Mike Tidwell issued the following statement: 

“Today, across the DMV, thousands of students and their parents and friends are going on strike — leaving schools and jobs — to demand immediate action on the climate crisis. We at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network stand in complete solidarity with the young people who led today’s strike, which is why we are heeding their call to strike alongside them and demand strong climate action.

“What good is a classroom to a student who is handed a dead planet after graduation? And what better future can we offer young people than a safe global climate with cleaner air and cleaner water? Hats off to every student who stood up today to show their elders what true leadership is all about.”

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CONTACT: 

Denise Robbins, Communications Director, 608-620-8819, denise@chesapeakeclimate.org 

Mike Tidwell, Executive Director, mtidwell@chesapeakeclimate.org