Photos: Brooklyn students demand action during Global Climate Strike
Brooklyn students came out thousands strong to demand action against climate change as part of a global strike on Friday that filled New York’s streets with the voices of the city’s youth.
Students from Boerum Hill School for International Studies started early by protesting on the steps of Borough Hall at 9:30 a.m. with chants and speeches. An hour later students from P.S. 676, P.S. 54, Khalil Gibran International Academy, Park Place Community Middle School, New York City College of Technology and Brooklyn Technical High School joined them.
United, they marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, while students from southern Brooklyn schools crossed beneath the East River to Manhattan via the subway.
Their destination: a gathering at Foley Square that drew tens of thousands of students, who marched on to Battery Park, where 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the crowd.
The action was part of #FridaysforFuture, a movement where students have demanded the world’s governments combat climate change. The strike came three days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit, where world leaders will meet to discuss climate change.
On Sept. 13, the city announced it would excuse absences for students leaving class to attend the protest.
Anastasia Leahy, left, a sophomore at Edward R. Murrow High School and one of the lead organizers for her school’s walkout, convinces trains conductors to blow their horns in support.
Farzana Pritte, second from left, and Alice Stern, second from right, organized the walk out of Boerum Hill School of International Studies.
“There’s only so much time left, there’s only so much we the youth can do, action on climate change is long overdue,” Pritte said. “So here we are … taking a stand once again because many fail to acknowledge that the countdown has already begun.”
Over five Brooklyn schools met at Borough Hall to make their voices heard.
Students from Boerum Hill School for International Studies gave impromptu speeches before the other schools arrived.
Anastasia Leahy, of Carroll Gardens, and a sophomore at Edward R. Murrow High School, was a lead organizer for her school’s student walkout.
Some students’ messages used humor to make their point.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams addressed the crowd at Borough Hall.
Brooklyn Technical School student Roberto Quesada Pagoada represented his school with a speech.
“The youth know what’s going on, so we are striking today to tell politicians and big corporations that we have to fight for our planet and our future,” Quesada Pagoada said.
After the demonstration at Borough Hall, students headed for the Brooklyn Bridge to make their way to Foley Square.
Students march over the Brooklyn Bridge while making their voices heard.
Sabine Goldberg, a sophomore at Edward R. Murrow High School and one of the lead organizers for Friday’s walkout, rides the Q train on her way to lower Manhattan.
To corral her classmates, an Edward R. Murrow High School student directs traffic with her bull horn at the 7th Avenue stop on the Q.
Edward R. Murrow High School students head south across Canal street towards Foley Square to join the thousands of other students and New Yorkers who were demanding action on climate change.
Many of the thousands of signs during Friday’s march drew attention to participants youth.
Brooklyn students were met by tens of thousands of fellow protesters from around the city.
Anastasia Leahy manning the bullhorn at Friday’s march.
An Edward R. Murrow High School student takes her turn at the bullhorn during Friday’s march.
The students at Edward R. Murrow High School who organized the walkout crafted dozens of signs that their students could pick up as they walked out of school.
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