Hundreds of students of all ages assembled in midday rallies around Maine Friday as part of a worldwide rally to draw attention to climate change.
“This is our job,” Phoebe MacDonald, 9, of Portland’s Ocean Avenue Elementary School called out to a crowd of nearly 600 gathered outside Portland City Hall. “We can’t wait for others to do it. … We all have the ability to make a difference, if we work together and we act.”
In addition to Portland, organizers said rallies were held in Saco, Brunswick, Lewiston, Bar Harbor and just across the border in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Those came as part of more than 1,300 similar Youth Climate Strike events held in nearly 120 countries around the world.
“We are here today because time is running out,” said Anna Siegel, 12, a seventh grader at the Friends School of Portland who organized the Portland demonstration. “We are here today to take action and fight for the right to live on a healthy and stable Earth.”
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