West Orange Highschool Climate Strike

September 20, 2020

In light of the Global Climate Strike in 2019, Anya Dillard and many of her fellow peers were expecting a walkout to be organized at their school in support of the movement. However, when they realized that the West Orange High administration had made no plans to organize around the climate strike, they decided to do it themselves and, with the support of The Next Gen Come Up, organized a student walkout on the day of the climate strike. Skipping their class periods for the rest of the school day, Anya and her peers delivered speeches, shared essential information about the climate crisis with their classmates, and marched laps around the track lining their football field, screaming chants commemorating the young people across the world fighting in the movement, and expressing their dissappointment in how our elected officials were handling the climate crisis. The protest encouraged more of the West Orange Highschool student body to share information about the impending climate crisis and helped garner support for the environmental justice movement.

Sep. 20, 2019: West Orange High students after marching the track in support of the global climate strike - Photograph by Seamus Murphy (IG: @seamusux)

Sep. 20, 2019: West Orange High students marching the track in support of the global climate strike

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Sep. 20, 2019: Student artist draing globes on hands of all the protesters - Photograph by Anya Dillard (IG: iamajdillard)

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Sep. 20, 2019: West Orange High students after marching the track in support of the global climate strike

- Photograph by Seamus Murphy (IG: @seamusux)