Image via Fridays for Future Atlanta.
Atlanta-area high school students will be congregating at the capitol building tomorrow, May 3, demanding state policymakers take action on climate change.
The protest is part of the Fridays For Future global climate strike student movement that originated in Europe and is growing in cities across the county, protest materials indicate. Organized by Decatur High School freshman, students from numerous Atlanta-area high schools will be participating.
The gathering will include a mass letter-writing campaign to the Georgia General Assembly’s Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee as well as the Natural Resources and Environment Committee chairmen, protest materials indicate. The students are demanding 100 percent renewable energy in Georgia by 2035, and speakers from local high schools will be presenting on relevant topics.
“A report published by the United Nations and verified by more than 250 climate scientists found that unless immediate action is taken, Earth will experience an irreversible temperature rise of 2-degrees Celsius by 2050, killing all coral reefs and making Earth ultimately uninhabitable,” protest materials read. “The United States has the power and money to create change now; policymakers simply don’t want to.”
The event will be held in Liberty Plaza, directly behind the capitol building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to protest materials. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.