Faces of the Climate March

In September 2019, over 7.6 million people gathered in cities around the globe to demand climate action, inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The contagious spirit of these youth-led events reminds us that an issue so often wrapped up in intimidating science and statistics is also an undeniably humanitarian cause. This series, Faces of the Climate March, showcases young people courageously leading the climate movement in their own communities across the country.

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SUNY Plattsburgh
In this podcast, Correspondent Charles Olsen discusses the experience of organizing the youth climate strike from the perspective of a few of the young organizers.
Young boy stands before climate marchers (Jake Meyers/University of Arizona).

Will this youth-led movement be a tipping point in the climate crisis? (Jake Meyers/University of Arizona).

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Mothers, like Janet Rothers of Arizona, believe it is important to let their young children know that climate change is going on in the world.
Student activist Giselle Herzfeld poses in front of a tree.

Student activist Giselle Herzfeld (Mahalia Dryak/Reed College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Reed College
Giselle Herzfeld, 22, chats about the Global Climate Strike movement, 350 Colorado, and her work getting Reed College students involved in the Portland Climate March.
SUNY-Plattsburgh
In the second week of international climate striking, Montreal had the biggest turnout of about half a million people, and Greta Thunberg gave a speech.
Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sophie Guthrie, executive member of the Youth Climate Action Team, rallied alongside other youth leaders in Madison, Wisconsin's Youth Climate Strike.
Shaylyn Warrior at the Lubbock, Texas, Climate March

Shaylyn Warrior at the Lubbock, Texas, Climate Strike. (Codi Clark/Texas Tech University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Texas Tech University
Despite growing up around the oil industry, Shaylyn Warrior talks about how she and others at the Lubbock, Texas, march think it's time the Southwest turns away from fossil fuel production.
Pielet speaks at St. Petersberg Climate Strike.

Melissa Pielet speaks at St. Petersberg Climate Strike. (Anne Orca/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, Florida, joined the global call for climate action on Sept. 20. Eckerd College student Melissa Pielet has some thoughts on the practicality of implementing the change we so urgently need.

Tamia Parsons, 19, Sunrise Movement Coordinator for the Central New York Hub. (Lindsay Eberhart/SUNY-ESF)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
One week after the climate strike, I sat down with 19-year-old Tamia Parsons, a sophomore at Syracuse University and one of the leaders of the environmental movement in Central New York.
Greta Thunberg at the Climate Strike in New York

Greta Thunberg on Friday, Sept. 20, during her closing speech for the Climate Strike in New York. (Elina Mariutsa/Northeastern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northeastern University
With the goal of motivating world leaders, young people have drawn universal attention to global warming in ways that decades of scientific progress could not.