Climate Strike: The Road to Change

“There is no planet B.” “Stand up for what you stand on.” “Respect your mother.” These are some messages students paraded through Washington, D.C. during the 2022 global climate strike.
On March 25, students from various schools in the DMV banned together in front of the white house to get one message across: climate change needs to be addressed.
“What we’re demanding is taking science and implementing that into action,” Marshall’s strike organizer and sophomore Sabal Dangi said. “That includes forcing government officials to declare a national emergency, reinvest in our communities, and just bringing awareness to all the overexploited nations and solutions towards that.”
Dangi said he is leading students at the protest with guidance from global strike coordinators located in the D.C. area as well as the Friday For Future program.
“Bringing awareness is a main thing because here at Marshall, what I’ve noticed is there wasn’t really much awareness or anything really being done to bring this issue to light,” Dangi said.
Sophomore Sasha Friefeld said she finds the future implications of climate change to be concerning.
“We want to hold politicians accountable to promises that they’ve made relating to the climate,” Friefeld said. “That’s why we’re [protesting] in front of the White House. But mostly to bring awareness and gather people together to show a big group of people does have a passion for this.”
Freshman Simryn Tolani says that President Joe Biden’s proclamation of putting sums of money towards the climate has not been met.
“I think everybody needs to be a little bit more open-minded and realize that like, as one of the posters said, there is no planet B,” Tolani said. “There is no second chance, this is our Earth, this is our planet.”
Sophomore Mariam Diallo has always had an interest in climate change issues and in comparing them and the efforts made to resolve them in different countries.
“I had never imagined a way to be able to participate in a social issues activity at this age, but I’m so glad I was even given the opportunity,” Diallo said. “I hope that others also follow their interests and find ways to be involved, even if it seems difficult.”
Sophomore Finn Wormer said his reason for protesting is to make an impact by sending messages of climate change. He hopes people hear them and make a difference.
“The future shouldn’t be thrown away,” Wormer said. “I think that our children and our children’s children will be greatly affected by this and maybe even us. I think it comes sooner than most people think.”
Sophomore Tola Reasons said the key to getting the a message across is finding unity among protesters and gathering more people to send the message.
“The idea that this [planet] is the only thing that we have left, it’s not just important, but it’s kind of scary,” Reasons said. “People need to pay more attention to it because it’s something that needs to be brought to their faces.”
Dangi said he encourages students to use their voices to enact change. He hopes to continue initiatives to raise awareness about climate change and help move along the journey to a cleaner planet.