By Ann Villamarin '20
On May 24, 2019, Fridays for Future held their second student climate strike of the year. Fontbonne Hall Academy honored this event and its many supporters with a commemorative prayer, a news segment filmed by our talented Journalism class, and environmental initiatives, such as our new bee pollinator garden. We asked our student-journalist Annie Villamarin to share with us her experience at the first Fridays for Future climate strike.
I was lucky enough to participate in the Fridays for Future climate strike on March 15th. I met up with my sister and our friends to fight for political action regarding the destruction of our climate. Students from all over the city met by Columbus Circle on the Upper West side. We brought colorful posters and called out for protection over our planet.
There were many news vans, photographers, and police officers present. All the students were peaceful and powerful. We started to march uptown through Central Park and back on the streets. We decided to sit in silence and solidarity on the steps on the American Museum of Natural History. At one point, someone with a microphone and a guitar started singing “Imagine” by John Lennon, which really fueled everyone up again after being at the strike for three hours already.
There were student speakers who were courageous enough to share their stories and ideas in front of hundreds of people, including the media. One of my friends, from LaGuardia High School, has spoken at many climate strike events, including the one I attended. She spoke to me about her experience as an environmental activist. Olivia Davis told me, “It’s in our [the youth’s] hands now. Everything we’re fighting for today will change our future and the future of generations to come. We need politicians to hear our voices and realize that we aren’t backing down anytime soon.”
It’s important for the youth to express their complaints and frustrations to the world. I hope everyone will come together to save our home. It’s in all of our hands now.