Children, young adults lead climate strike at Utah Capitol

The local march was part of a global climate strike.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Youth march to the State Capitol in Salt Lake City for Future Utah’s climate strike on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021..

Utah children, teens and young adults marched to the Capitol on Friday as a part of a global climate strike urging action against climate change.

The local march was led by Fridays For Future Utah, which is part of a global movement started in 2018 by Greta Thunberg, according to its website. A news release from the Utah organization stated that demonstrators asked government leaders to “intervene now to stop behaviors harming the systems that support human life.”

The release stated that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently issued a “‘Code Red’ alert” for humanity, “raising the alarm that without a swift and dramatic reduction in carbon emissions, the effects of climate change will be catastrophic.”

The march began at about 11:30 a.m. Demonstrators later dispersed Friday afternoon.

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