VENTURA, Calif. - Next week, the UN Climate Summit will take place in New York, but this Friday, teens and young adults will strike all across the U.S. demanding transformative actions to be taken to address the climate crisis.
Some Ventura county teens helped organize a local event.
"We are trying to save the one home that we have,” said Desiree Estrada.
Estrada is talking about the planet. The 19-year-old is passionate about saving the environment.
“I basically grew up around the beach my entire life,” said Estrada. “I have seen the effects of climate change in my own community. Around Suffers Point, the parking lot is just crumbling to pieces and water is just hitting up aside the parking lot. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next couple of years the water spills over into the parking lot.”
Estrada isn’t alone. A group of young activists, including Ventura County high school and college students, is leading a strike.
“On Friday we are having a 'Climate Strike 805,' which is groups from all over the 805 coming together to strike and protest to have the city declare a climate crisis,” said Estrada.
The strike will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday during school hours. That means some students will walk out of class.
“We did recognize that this march is being held while a lot of classes are in session, but we also consider that it is our civil right as individuals living in the U.S. to be able to express our right to strike,” said Estrada.
Before heading to college at U-C Irvine, Estrada came back to her alma mater, Ventura High School, to talk to students about climate change and invite them to the strike. She expects a few hundred people to attend Friday’s event.
“We are going to be having a lot of activities,” said Estrada. “We will have petitions, we will have a booth for voting registration. We are having Anderson .Paak come, and we are working on getting SuperDuper Kyle to come as well. We are going to have live music, and speakers.”
Estrada says it's time to make a change.
“It is just sad to see and I cannot just sit here and watch all of this unfold in front of me,” said Estrada. “I have to do something and I want to make sure that I am not just sitting around waiting for someone else to do something.”
The event will take place Friday, September 20 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Mission Park in Ventura.