Tens of thousands of mostly young people converge on Foley Square for climate change protest

Andrew Weber
September 20, 2019 - 10:47 am
Climate change demonstration at Foley Square

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) —Tens of thousands of mostly young people overflowed Foley Square as U.S. activists join a wave of climate change protests unfolding aroun d the world.

Demonstrators rallied Friday with signs bearing such messages as ``climate change is real'' and ``protect the earth, not the corporations.'' Then the group began marching through lower Manhattan streets. The demonstration began at Foley Square at noon with participants then marching to Battery Park.

New York City public schools say student absences for the climate strike will be excused, if the students have parental permission.

"Sorry I can't clean my room, I'm busy saving the world," one protester's sign declared.

Thirteen-year-old protester Pearl Seidman told the Assoicated Press she's there with a message for President Donald Trump's administration: "If they can't be adults, we're going to be adults. Because someone needs to do it.''

Trump announced in 2017 he was withdrawing the United States from the international Paris agreement to fight global warming.

Organizers of the New York City event say more than 800 similar events are planned across the country, as well as in other countries around the world including Germany, Australia, Japan, India and South Africa.

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