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Voices of the NYC Climate Strike

Quinn Gregory Sep 24

“If it’s true that the US military is the world’s biggest polluter, then I think we need to do something about that!”

— Sherry, Lower East Side

“We’re actively expressing that we’re upset. If everyone had been like, ‘Ehh just skip it and do whatever,’ then there wouldn’t be that many people out here.”

— Jackie, Houston 

“I am part of the artist collective We Make America. We participate in protests and we make props for them. We have been doing this since the Women’s March in 2017. Every cause that is relevant for the group, we participate in it and make props for it and try to make our voices heard.”

— Ozzie, New York

 

 

“There are 200 species dying per day. This is just the beginning of a movement. This should not be the end-all-be-all. Coming out and marching is great but we have to continue moving forward with actions in our everyday lives. One person going vegan can save over 200,000 gallons of water per year, which is a lot more than taking shorter showers and the things they always tell us to do. Over 75 percent of the land that is being ravaged is due to animal agriculture.” 

— Justine, Flushing, Queens

“Bernie wants to take on the fossil fuel industry and he’s not taking any money from the fossil fuel industry.”

— Oscar, New York

“A car-free NYC would be better for the planet, better for street safety. The cyclists’ deaths this year are all because of cars. If we get rid of cars, we make it a lot safer for people to walk and bike around the city.”

— Joanna, Brooklyn

“We may never get rid of capitalism, but still we’ve got to try reforms. It’s one of the main problems. Who knows? We’ve got one life, we’ve got to try to do what we think is best.”

— Duff, Washington Heights

“We need to get politicians in office, who want to help the cause.”

— Rita, The French School, Upper East Side

“Jeff Bezos and corporate CEOs are taking consumerism out of the hands of the consumers. They’re making products so cheap that low-income people have no other options and they’re trying to make it so all of the fault for climate change is in the hands of the consumers, redirecting the blame off of themselves.”

— Gracen, East Village

 

“I met a lot of workers today who are inspired by the youth climate strike and I think more and more workers are going to be walking off their jobs and hurting the economy. That’s going to create real pressure for change. We’re going to head toward a general strike for the climate, one in which big sectors of the economy shutdown. Socialists are going to play a big role in that and I think that is what’s going to save us.”

— Nathaniel, Brooklyn

“Instead of fixing it, [Exxon Mobile] funded and doubled down on a 10-year-long misinformation campaign. They should be prosecuted for their crimes against humanity.”

— Simon, East Village

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