Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally
By Robert Bernstein
Greta Thunberg has awakened a Climate Crisis movement in the past year in a way that may finally lead to real action. This 16-year-old Swedish student is angry that she has had to leave school to wake people up to this crisis and to demand action. She traveled from Sweden to the United Nations in New York by sailboat.
She spoke at the United Nations to shame the "adults" into taking action on the Climate Crisis. And to express the outrage and injustice that it is the young and the poor who will bear the effects of the crisis. Even though they had little or nothing to do with creating it.
September 20 was a global Climate Strike that she called. And September 27 was another Climate Strike.
Here are my videos and photos of the September 27 event in Santa Barbara.
Hundreds of people gathered at noon in De La Guerra Plaza to listen to a series of speakers and to talk to a range of organizations that tabled in the plaza.
Unitarian Minister Julia Hamilton talked about the importance of being part of an organization to be more effective at bringing about change:
Supervisors Das Williams and Joan Hartmann were on hand to talk about what Santa Barbara County is doing and yet needs to do. Very important is to have local control over how energy is produced and distributed in the region through "community choice" energy.
Luz Reyes-Martin posed with Mayor Cathy Murillo
Luz holds many positions locally, including being a trustee for the Goleta Union School District. She has worked hard to provide the school district with more sustainable energy in a variety of ways.
Many came to express solidarity with Greta Thunberg and the powerful movement she has helped create
People of all ages were out in force
While President Obama promised a Green Jobs program, little came of it in the long term. But the Green New Deal is becoming a detailed plan that will put millions to work with good jobs in sustainable transportation and sustainable energy. Implementing the Green New Deal on a national scale was a major rallying cry.
Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees Vice President Jonathan Abboud was one of many who addressed the massive crowd
UC Santa Barbara Sociology Professor John Foran gave the final speech urging that we must think of all that must change to stop the Climate Crisis. "System Change - Not Climate Change" was his message.
Then the crowd peacefully moved out into the street. This short video shows the scene as people headed out of De La Guerra Plaza and down State Street
And here was the view from the overpass as people got to lower State street
By the time the march was headed down State Street it was almost 2PM on a Friday afternoon. Quite an impressive turnout and a strong sense that this movement is here to stay.