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Global Kids Strike and Make Their Presence Known at Climate Strike

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NEW YORK - eTradeWire -- On September 20th, scores of Global Kids Youth Leaders from public schools across New York City will strike for climate justice as part of the global Youth Climate Strike.

A core group of Global Kids youth have been actively planning and organizing around climate justice and the upcoming Climate Week. On Friday morning, they will meet at Global Kids headquarters and lead a larger group of their peers in sign making, creation of chants, and safety procedures before joining activists, environmentalists, and local and international leaders at Foley Square and later at Battery Park for a rally. The strike will amplify the demand that immediate and transformative action must be taken on the climate crisis. Global Kids alum and activist Vic Barrett will be one of the speakers at the rally.

"It's important for youth to strike this Friday to show a united front and voice our demands for climate justice before it's too late to take action," stated GK Leader Saheedah M. from High School for Medical Professions in Brooklyn.

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Global Kids youth have been active in the climate justice movement on the local, national and international level for nearly a decade.  They have organized and led such environmental campaigns as promoting green roofs in NYC schools, ending fracking, and supporting the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act and the "Dirty Buildings Act" in New York City. In 2016, Global Kids youth successfully spearheaded the developing and passing of a New York City Council Resolution which calls for mandating climate education for public school K- 12 students. Over the summer, Global Kids hosted Fridays for Future providing a space for young people to learn about the climate crisis and potential solutions.

"Our youth understand the urgent need to take action and many of them have seen devastation from climate change in countries they immigrated from as well as here in New York City during Superstorm Sandy," said Evie Hantzopoulos, Executive Director of Global Kids. "Their voices need to be heard, and their voices matter."

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About Global Kids: Global Kids, Inc., educates, activates, and inspires youth from underserved communities to take action on critical issues facing our world. Global Kids is celebrating 30 years of award-winning, innovative programming this year and works to ensure that youth from underserved communities have the knowledge, skills, experiences, and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities.

www.globalkids.org. 137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

Yesenia Reinoso
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Source: Global Kids
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