A youth climate change strike is happening today at Los Angeles City Hall. Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is leading the Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles with a dozen other teen and college activists in a call to eliminate fossil fuel production.
Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles is a widespread effort to restrict oil extraction, particularly in densely-populated urban areas in Los Angeles and neighboring cities.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the demands being given to California Governor Gavin Newsom include halting new oil drilling production and creating a 2,500-foot buffer between drilling sites and homes.
Today's event will bring together keynote speakers and musicians, as well as students from across the LA area. NBC Los Angeles reports, the protestors plan to march to Governor Newsom's office at 300 Spring Street at 1 pm. Their signs read "Governor Newsom, it's your Last Chance to Choose: Our Future or Fossil Fuels."
Greta is the keynote speaker for the event. For students who cannot attend the protest this afternoon, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced they are live-streaming Greta's statements to their classrooms.
Greta was invited to the Los Angeles youth climate strike after she sailed across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions sailboat to the Pacific. While in New York, she drew national attention while leading crowds in the climate change protest last month.
She first made headlines when she took time off school to protest climate change outside of the Swedish Parliament in August 2018.
While the focus of this year's Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles is domestic, it also draws attention to the larger global climate crisis.
The Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles came after the September U.N. Climate Summit failed to deliver bold action to help eliminate climate change. None of the world's largest nations pledged to make changes to reduce their carbon emissions.
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