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Students march to protest climate change

Posted at 5:17 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 21:36:53-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Some teens worried about the future of Earth decided they didn't want to sit on the sidelines anymore.

Students at Lexington's STEAM Academy walked out of school, with teacher permission and guidance, to protest climate change.

Just after 1:00 pm, during a 90 degree autumn day, more than a hundred students walked from school onto East Sixth Street to unite as one voice against climate change.

"That climate change is real, and if they don't clean it up, it's their mess that we have to clean up," said Trayvon Mason, a ninth grader.

"I walk to school every morning, and there's just so much trash," said Destinee Champs, a ninth grader. "We're just going to make sure that everybody knows that STEAM is not going to stand for climate change."

Supporters for the students' cause held their own signs across the street, while others honked as they drove by.

"I thought it was amazing. Not many kids are going to get this chance. Not many kids may even know it exists, or are being told that it doesn't," said Noelania O'Brien.

"There may not be a 'ten years from now,' so maybe if we start now, we will have a future, and there will be a 'ten years from now,'" said Champs.

This march was part of a Global Climate Strike, but these students hope they've inspired a few minds in Lexington to continue the fight for the planet's future.