FCPS students to strike for climate change

Following the election of President Donald Trump in 2018, students at AHS staged a walk out during the school day.

Following the election of President Donald Trump in 2018, students at AHS staged a walk out during the school day.

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Students in Fairfax County have been asking for the local government to bring attention to the issue of climate change through letters, speeches, and tweets. 

Now, they are planning a Climate Strike to get change to happen.

On Dec. 6, students in the area plan to strike from school and meet at Vienna Town Green from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The goal is to demonstrate the importance of the proposed Green New Deal, which calls to bring carbon emissions of FCPS schools to net-zero.

It also calls for the use of solar panels for energy and a transition to electronic school buses. 

The students also want for there to comprehensive and in-depth climate change education in schools. 

The strike was organized by students at James Madison HS, with support from Sunrise, a non-profit organization working to bring attention to climate change.

In September, students also attended the Climate Change Protest in Washington, D.C.

The amount of students who planned to attend those protests prompted FCPS to announce that missing school for a protest would count as an excused absence.

This came after a long time of FCPS students protesting during school hours, such as last years’ March for Our Lives Protests for gun control

School Board Member Ryan McElveen will attend the strike and give a speech. 

Other elected officials have been invited as well.

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