By Jackie Chen
On Friday, Sept. 20, tens of thousands of climate activists participated in a massive climate strike, walking through the streets of San Francisco and grabbing attention in order to get more people to support their cause of stopping climate change.
The march made planned stops at certain locations like next to the Bank of America, due to the Bank’s lobbying for and encouraging the use of coal and coal factories. The use of coal has been proven to worsen climate change.
“I was the banner man, and I represented my ESA uniform with pride,” said sophomore Adrian Segura, who attended the strike. “I wanted to commit an act of civil disobedience, and I’ll be willing to do it again to support the climate.”
However, this strike was not an isolated case. On the same day, a large number of strikes showed up around the world, in an estimated 4,500 locations, on every single continent. There was even a strike with a small group of researchers in Antarctica. It was reported that four million people showed up to these strikes. On top of that, these planned strikes continued happening worldwide until September 27.
However, it seems like the strike has already changed people’s views on this situation. According to ESA teacher Matthew Fields, the large company Amazon has pledged to make the company more ‘green,’ and to be fossil fuel free by 2030. Fields also mentioned that UC Berkeley is distancing itself from fossil fuels, and that the Green New Deal, a group of proposed laws in the US Congress aiming to address climate change, has also gained more support.
When asked about next year’s strike, Fields said,“If we have another strike next year, we should get the San Francisco School District on board and instead of just protests, we do things like boycotts.”