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Climate change activist demand action from local leaders

Activists are demanding county leaders declare a climate emergency.

Posted: Nov 29, 2019 3:45 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2019 3:45 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Climate change activists in Tippecanoe County are looking at local leaders for change.

On Friday, nearly 150 people gathered in downtown Lafayette to rally. Activists are demanding county leaders declare a "climate emergency." They say this means acknowledging that we are in fact experiencing a climate crisis.

Event leaders say nearly 1,200 city leaders across the world have made this declaration.

West Lafayette high-school sophomore Annabel Prokopy is the leader of this climate strike. She has led three climate strikes this year.

Prokopy said local and state leaders are listening and she hopes it continues even after she graduates.

“I hope that we can continue to pass legislation in our communities that will be long-standing and I hope that we can really build the base for climate action so that even when our group of sophomores graduates we'll still have a sturdy committee that can take our place,” said Prokopy.

She said it was important to host a strike on Black Friday since it is a consumerist based holiday. Prokopy said days like today can be detrimental to the environment because of fossil fuels.

Other high-school students in Tippecanoe County agree. Khloe Goodman is a leader in a Harrison High School activist group called Students for Environmental Protection. She and other members say they’re ready to see a climate emergency declaration in Tippecanoe County.

“Realize that we’re all in a climate emergency and announce that,” said Goodman. “We all just need to come together and realize the stakes and the risks that we're taking, realize where we're at and we need to hold our city accountable.”

The next climate strike will be held on Earth Day, Apr. 22 next year. You can follow the various Tippecanoe County climate strike groups @wlclimatestrike on Instagram and Twitter, and Facebook at West Lafayette Climate Strikes. The Purdue climate strike group can be followed on @purdueclimatestrike on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Lafayette climate strike group can be followed @lafayetteclimate on Instagram. The Environmental Protection Club can be followed @hhs_sep on Instagram.

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