KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – You may have seen them marching around Downtown Knoxville Friday – a group of teens taking a stand in hopes of raising awareness of climate change.
This march in East Tennessee part of a global movement that happened Friday, March 24, 2019 as other young activists walked out, protesting climate change and marching, they say, for their future.
Fifteen-year-old Laura Mae Ferguson worked to unite and organize the march with her classmates at Farragut High School. She says if we don’t do something soon, it’ll be too late.
“We think it’s important that we get awareness that our climate is changing and our planet is dying due to pollution and greenhouse gases,” Ferguson said. “We want to be able to grow up in a safe environment that is clean and able to produce more and more generations to come.”
Ferguson says she got the idea for a climate change march by watching students in her age group around the world marching, as part of the “Global Strike For Future” movement inspired by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg.
The U.S. has the second-highest greehouse gas emissions in the world.