October 16, 2019
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Mainers gather throughout the state to protest climate change

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Upwards of a 1,000 students and adults gathered at City Hall in Portland on Friday as part of a Global Climate Strike observed in cities across the country. Speakers and participants called on politicians to act in halting global climate change.

PORTLAND, Maine — More than 1,000 students and adults gathered on the steps of City Hall at noon on Friday demanding state and national leaders take action on climate change. Similar school walkouts and demonstrations were scheduled across the state in locations including Bangor, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Farmington, Unity and Waterville.

Robert Seale | BDN
Robert Seale | BDN
Luke Sekera of Fryeburg Academy (above right) speaks to a crowd of hundreds on the steps of Portland City Hall on Friday calling for an end to state pension investments in the fossil fuel industry.

In Bangor, Ijeoma Obi, a senior at Bangor High School and lead organizer for the climate strike at Broadway Park, said she’s always been interested in climate change and became inspired to take action after moving to Bangor from Washington, D.C., five years ago.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Middle-schoolers Hanna Lowenstein, 12, (from left) Madeline Franks, 12, and Cora Mohr, 12, listen to speakers during a Global Climate Strike at City Hall in Portland on Friday.

Here, the environment is beautiful and it inspired me to make a difference,” she said. “I think today will convince people, informing them how important it is to care about the environment around them.”

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Students and adults gathered in Broadway Park in Bangor after school on Friday to protest climate change.

In Belfast, more than 50 demonstrators rallied at Main and High streets on Friday afternoon. They stood on all corners of the intersection with signs and encouraged cars to honk in support of their cause.

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Jessica Doherty, a University of Maine sophomore, holds up a sign during the Friday gathering in Broadway Park in Bangor to protest climate change.

Lindsey Piper, of Belfast, came out to demonstrate with her wife and children. She held a sign with a photo of the Earth that was engulfed in flames. It read “Our house is on fire.”

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Students and adults gathered in Broadway Park in Bangor after school on Friday to protest climate change.

The international movement began with Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old in Sweden, who skipped school every Friday to protest climate change in front of her nation’s parliament. Thurnburg led a huge rally in New York City on Friday.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Muskan Verma, (above left) a Bates College student, speaks to a large crowd at City Hall in Portland on Friday during a Global Climate Strike rally. Similar school walkouts across the state and the country were staged with students demanding that their leaders respond to the threat of global climate change.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Maddy Humphrey, Sophie Dube and Maile Sawyer (left to right), all juniors at Hampden Academy sit in Broadway Park in Bangor to protest climate change on Friday afternoon. Students and adults gathered in the park after school on Friday.

 



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