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  • Shut it down!

  • Shut it down!

  • Shut it down!

  • Dad, strike day!

  • My name is Sophie Anderson, and I am 16 years old.

  • Revolution! - All right let's go.

  • I live in Brooklyn, and I am the national coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth US.

  • I'm Kiana Low.

  • I'm 17 years old.

  • Approximately half of my school, around 200 kids, we're gonna be leaving after third period.

  • I think that there's around like 30,000 people that will show up.

  • So I'm very excited to see what will come out of this.

  • My name is Alessandro Dal Bon.

  • I'm 15 years old, and I'm a high school student in New York.

  • Today I'm going to school, then I'm gonna head down to Foley Square where the march will begin.

  • We in New York City are gonna be marching with Greta Thunberg and demand climate action.

  • I'm pretty overwhelmed, ummm.

  • But that's been kinda constant over the last month.

  • To have this day like finally be here is so exciting.

  • All right we'll get a photo here.

  • What do we want?

  • Climate action!

  • No, justice.

  • I think the voice that we have as youth is really distinctive.

  • It's really raw, and it doesn't see through a lot of the BS that adults kinda get caught up in.

  • I'm happy about today because I know I'm gonna get out there. I'm gonna be in the streets.

  • We're gonna be there, we're gonna be striking for what we believe in and that we're gonna save our planet.

  • You know, usually a lot of people think that the individual can't make a humongous difference.

  • But I actually think that you can.

  • It's always hard to be the first person to make that step.

  • Once you have an example, it's inspiring and it's easier to follow someone.

  • If you want a future with blue skies, if you want a future with a livable planet, speak to the power.

  • Strike for our earth.

  • My family is actually really happy with my activism and with everything I'm doing.

  • Knowing that I have my parents' support is really important for me.

  • They are learning about this just the way I am.

  • Yeah, yeah, it's crazy and also all the Brooklyn schools are meeting up.

  • Growing up in this generation people can kind of dismiss you.

  • Obviously, our country's extremely polarized right now.

  • And I think that, especially on social media, it's so hard to have a discussion.

  • But when you're face-to-face with someone and you have those kinds of conversations it's so much more productive.

  • We are at Foley Square in Manhattan in New York City.

  • I'm gonna be one of the MC's here, which means that I get to do first introductions.

  • Guys, there are people for miles in every single direction.

  • Look what we have done!

  • It's pretty crazy, I mean look at all the people here.

  • Shut it down!

  • I do think actions like these force people to listen.

  • If there are so many people involved in a movement and so many people, um, who are striking for something they believe in then the politicians and the billionaires will be forced to listen.

  • I'm just an average 17-year-old, but there are thousands of other teenagers just like me.

  • I hope that this works.

  • The world is watching us, and we're using our voice in a really powerful way.

  • We are unstoppable, a better world is possible.

Shut it down!

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Meet the Teenagers Fighting to Save Our Planet

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    Helena posted on 2019/10/16
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