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Houston Teens Join Global Youth Strike To Demand Climate Change Action

The rally’s 16-year-old organizer gathered students and speakers outside Houston City Hall.

Students rallied outside of Houston City Hall.
Jen Rice/Houston Public Media
Students rallied outside of Houston City Hall.


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As part of a global youth strike, dozens of students rallied at Houston City Hall on Friday to demand action on climate change, joining their peers in cities around the world.

The event was organized by 16-year-old Shania Hurtado, who said the goal was to urge lawmakers to pass federal legislation.

"Our demand right now is with the Green New Deal," Hurtado said. "This deal is the largest legislation right now for climate change, and we hope that the government will pass it. It's going toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2030."

Hurtado said she hopes to make climate change a bipartisan issue to bring attention to climate change legislation.

"The youth are here. We are present. We are not going to be silent,” she said. “We are very passionate about this issue. We're taking our future into our own hands and we're going to make change."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee spoke at the Houston rally. In Texas, events also took place in Fort Worth and Austin.