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CDS Students Take Part in Climate Strike

Friday, September 20, 2019

Today, millions of students in 150 countries around the world took to the streets to protest the lack of progress in climate change reform. Thousands of people participated in the San Francisco protests, and CDS eighth graders were among them.

Climate change has been an issue close to the heart of our students for several years. In the spring before their graduation, the class of 2017 drew up a petition in support of climate change reform, gathered the signatures of nearly a thousand Bay Area residents, and traveled to Washington, D.C. to present the document to Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her office on Capitol Hill. The class of 2020 is equally passionate about the topic, and they were eager to join in the protests.

In the days leading up to the strike, the eighth graders crafted works of art that expressed their feelings, ranging from samba music to posters to a large cardboard sculpture of Mother Earth trying to hold up a blazing sun. Then, in what Middle School Drama teacher Jackie Katz called “an incredibly inspiring morning,” they headed downtown to protest at locations such as Rep. Pelosi’s local headquarters, a branch of Bank of America, and various corporate offices. It was the perfect embodiment of CDS’ spirit of activism, and we’re heartened to see our students stepping up to make a difference on an issue that affects us all.