As world leaders met for the COP25 UN climate summit, thousands of people – led by the world’s youth – marched for climate justice around the world. In Seattle, a feisty bunch marched from Lake Union Park to Seattle City Hall to demand action.

Check out our photos from the September 20 Seattle Climate Strike.

If you missed it, here’s what it looked like:

Once at Seattle City Hall, they engaged an audience with speeches, songs and chants.

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And finally, a message for Mayor Jenny Durkan (click to play).

What’s inspiring our youth to strike?

I spoke with youth activists at the Seattle City Hall and Sammamish climate strikes to see what inspired them to take action. Youth Climate Strike organizers Anika and Layashri say they’re tired of people denying science and claiming climate change isn’t urgent. The don’t exactly take turns talking, but they said step one is for people to take the time to recycle properly, avoid “fast fashion,” and educated themselves about climate change.

At the Central Washington University campus in Sammamish, students from Eastlake High School gathered for their first climate strike. Eastlake ACLU club president Nabreth said it seems like her classmates are aware of climate change, but tend to pretend it’s not a major issue. Since its founding in 2017, the Eastlake ACLU club has recruited more than 50 members. The club’s vice president, Hope, says climate change is hardly brought up in the classroom. She’d like to see it tied in with lessons about civics and human rights.

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