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Meet The Teens Leading San Diego’s Climate Strike

Kate Anchondo (left) and Rachal Hamilton (right) posting flyers about a Youth...

Credit: Kate Anchondo

Above: Kate Anchondo (left) and Rachal Hamilton (right) posting flyers about a Youth Climate Strike taking place March 15.

GUEST:Kate Anchondo, senior, Hilltop High School

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Two seniors at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista are leading a walkout and strike on Friday to demand action on climate change.

Kate Anchondo and Rachal Hamilton decided to organize the climate strike in solidarity with thousands of other youth climate strikes taking place around the globe on March 15. It's all part of a youth-led movement inspired by climate activists, including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.

“The youth wants there to be a dramatic change in how we’re handling the climate crisis because I feel like right now we’re not facing it head-on and we’re digging ourselves in a deeper hole,” Anchondo said. “We really want elected officials to support bold legislation, incrementalism isn’t enough at this point and we need something that’s going to address all aspects of climate change.”

Nationwide, students are striking in support of the Green New Deal. They also want the government to declare a national emergency over climate change and to put an end to fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

About 100 students are expected at Friday’s event.

Roland Lizarondo,

Kate Anchondo and Rachal Hamilton are seniors at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista. They plan to join students around the globe and walk out of school Friday to demand action on climate change.

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