“North Students Organize Local March, Attend Boston Climate Strike”

Original post from The Newtonite – 

By Dea Cela, December 17, 2019

North students organized and marched to Newton City Hall and joined the Boston Climate Strike on Friday, Dec. 6. Students went to downtown Boston and the statehouse to protest. 

“The single most important thing students can do at the local level is to email their city councilors to express support for climate action policies and to show up to city council meetings and hearings,” said senior Dina Gorelik, a member of the Climate Advocacy Club, which organized the Newton Climate Strike. 

Gorelik added that the goal of the climate strike was to raise awareness surrounding climate change and to make the club’s goals known to the Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. 

Students missed school to encourage legislators to take immediate action against climate change and fight for a Massachusetts Green New Deal. According to a Massachusetts Climate Strike press release, protestors from around the state met at Copley Square and marched to the statehouse, pushing for bills advocating for the elimination of fossil fuels and declaring a Climate Emergency.

This is the second climate strike of the school year, following the last on Sept. 20.

Climate strike has been announced as the Collins Word of the Year 2019

Original post from Collins Dictionary – 

‘Climate strike’, a form of protest that took off just over one year ago with the actions of Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg and which has grown to become a worldwide movement, has been named Collins’ Word of the Year 2019.

‘Climate strike’ was first registered in November 2015 when the first event to be so named took place to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, but it is over the last year that ‘climate strikes’ have spread and become a frequent reality in many of the world’s largest cities. Collins’ lexicographers observed a one-hundred-fold increase in its usage in 2019.

The word has seen a four-fold increase since 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II steeply raising public awareness of the issue.